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Local students successful at 2014 Region VII Science & Engineering Fair

02/27/2014 11:53 AM

BATON ROUGE – More than 400 middle- and high-school students participated in the 2014 Region VII Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair. Students filled the LSU Student Union Royal Cotillion Ballroom with their projects on Feb. 24-26 to compete for category honors and special awards.

The overall winners in the senior division, grades 9-12, were Marianne Konikoff and David Luo. Konikoff was awarded first place for her physics and astronomy project, “Quantitative Spectral Classification of R. Coronae Borealis Stars.” Luo placed second for his mathematical sciences project, “Mysteries of the Euclidean Algorithm Revealed: With Applications.” Konikoff is a student at St. Joseph’s Academy and Luo attends Baton Rouge Magnet High School.

This is the second year in a row Konikoff has won first place overall for Region VII. Both Konikoff and Luo will represent Region VII at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, or ISEF, in Los Angeles in May. This will be Konikoff’s fourth selection and Luo’s second to attend this prestigious international event.

Overall winners in the junior division, grades 6-8, were Tasnia Monir and Joshua Courtney. Monir won first place for her plant sciences project, “Does Radiation Affect the Rate of Photosynthesis?,” and Courtney won second for his animal sciences project, “Condition Factors in Fish as Bioindicators of Oyster Overharvesting in the Calcasieu Estuary.” Monir attends Glasgow Middle School and Courtney attends Carmel Hill School.

Top school awards were given to schools with the highest cumulative project scores. St. Joseph’s Academy earned the top school award for the senior division and Glasgow Middle School earned the top school award for the junior division.

The Region VII Science and Engineering Fair consisted of students from middle and high schools in seven parishes including East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Ascension, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, East Feliciana and West Feliciana.

Several top winners from the Region VII fair will compete in the Louisiana State Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held March 24-26 at LSU. For a complete list of category winners and special award winners, visit LSU Continuing Education’s website at   

The Region VII Science and Engineering Fair was sponsored by the Gulf South Rotating Machinery Symposium, LSU College of Science and The Bone & Joint Clinic of Baton Rouge.

For more information on the Louisiana Science and Engineering fairs, visit LSU Continuing Education’s website at  

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