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Riverside Schools Science Fair Winners

UCR Congratulates Winners of the Riverside Schools Science and Engineering Fair

Scientists, Teachers, Parents Applaud Winners Who Advance to Regional Competition

(March 16, 2005)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( The University of California, Riverside campus community congratulates the winners of the 17th Annual Riverside Unified School District Science and Engineering Fair, selected on March 10.

Students received awards sponsored by UC Riverside and Riverside Public Utilities. Additionally, 43 students advanced to the Inland Empire Science and Engineering Fair at the Orange Show grounds in San Bernardino on April 19-20. From there, winners will advance to the state science fair in Los Angeles, May 23-24.

UC Riverside faculty and graduate students, and Riverside Unified School District officials were among those judging 172 entries from kindergarten to grade 12. The science and engineering fair projects covered areas as diverse as environmental sciences, biology, behavioral and social sciences, engineering, chemistry and entomology.

Among the speakers at Thursday’s award ceremony were RUSD school board member Lewis Vanderzyl; from UC Riverside, Linda Walling, associate dean of biological sciences at the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences; and Chinya Ravishankar, associate dean of the Bourns College of Engineering. Pamela Clute, UCR associate vice provost for academic outreach, gave the keynote address.

The following students received sponsored awards. They are identified by student name, grade, school and project title.

UCR Sponsored Awards
Botany and Plant Sciences

  • Catherine Lo, 10, Arlington High School, The Impact of Fertilizer on Iron Absorption in Mustard Green.

  • David Kari, 9, North High School, How Does Colored Light Affect the Growth of Gerariaceae Pelagorium Graveolers.

Cheimcal Engineering

  • Jamie Bagtang, 10, Arlington High School, Jack and the Polluted Beanstalk: The Effects of Southern California’s Polluted Water on Plants.

Computer Science

  • Kevin McGiffen, 8, Earhart Middle School,The Effects of Antenna Modification on Wi-Fi Signal Amplification.

Electrical Engineering

  • Kevin McGiffen, 8, Earhart Middle School, The Effects of Antenna Modification on Wi-Fi Signal Amplification.


  • Ivyrose McKee, 1, Grant Elementary School, The Day in the Life of a Cool Ant.

  • Karl Marrett, 6, Magnolia Elementary School, How does Elevated CO2 Affect Insect and Arachnid Population?

  • Hugo Martinez, 10, Arlington High School, The Next Insect Idol.

Environmental Sciences

  • Nathan LaPre, 4, Magnolia Elementary School, Does the Amount of Disturbance in Coastal Sage Scrub Affect the Birds That Live There?

  • Karl Marrett, 6, Magnolia Elementary School, How does Elevated CO2 Affect Insect and Arachnid Population?

Mechanical Engineering

  • Jeffrey Guo, 5, Emerson Elementary School, Can Seasonings in our Kitchen Help to Preserve Food?


  • Saraya St. Peter, 2, Grant Elementary School, An Experiment With Sounds.

  • Benjamin Weise, 8, Earhart Middle School, Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’.

  • Kevin Pope, 10, Poly High School, Thrust Vs. Runtime.


  • Natalya Kostandova and Akila Pamula, 11, North High School, Effect of Curcumin on the Proliferation and Migration of Fibrobasts and hMVEC.

City of Riverside Public Utilities Company Sponsored Awards
Water Projects

  • Allyssa Jones, 7, Earhart Middle School, The Case of the Vanishing Iceberg, Salt Water or Fresh Water? Which One Did It?

  • Danielle Golden, 10, Arlington High School, Death of a River: An Analysis of the Concentrations of Urban Contaminants in the Santa Ana River Water Shed.

Electricity Projects

  • Chelsea Shea, 6, Jackson Elementary School, Can a Few Watts Really Save Energy?

  • Stephen Foster, 11, Poly High School,Steam Dyrolysis and Hydro-Fassification of Animal Bio-Mass.

Division Award Winners
1stPlace Winners
K-3Grant2Saraya St. Peter
4-5Victoria5Marshall Bryant
6-8 (Junior)Earhart8Kevin McGiffen
9-12 (Senior)Poly11Stephen Foster
North11Hippolyte Goux
Arlington10Danielle Golden

2nd Place Winners
K-3Grant1Ivyrose McKee
4-5Victoria4Elizabeth Guettner
6-8 (Junior)Earhart7John Strain
9-12 (Senior)King9William Anderson III
King9Pranav Dixit
North11Natalya Kostandova
North11Akhila Pamula
Poly9Vasilios Morikis

3rd Place Winners
K-3Victoria3Osten Anderson
4-5Hawthorne5Juan Ruano
6-8 (Junior)Magnolia6Karl Marrett
9-12 (Senior)North10Maximillian Sladek de la Cal
North9Lindsay Kipnis
Arlington10Vanessa Peralez

4th Place Winners
K-3Grant2Carolina Doucet
4-5Magnolia4JoAnna Mazzacane
6-8 (Junior)Earhart7Angelica Grace
9-12 (Senior)North10Ish Bhanu

Nominees to the Inland Science and Engineering Fair
Emerson Elementary School4Alexis Orens
Emerson6Amanda Orens
Grant6Joshua Freedman
Hawthorne5McKenna DeAngelo
Hawthorne5Joshua Hoskinson
Magnolia6Karl Marrett
Magnolia4JoAnna Mazzacane
Taft5Alora Jones
Taft5Joey Tompkins
Victoria5Marshall Bryant
Victoria4Elizabeth Guettner
Earhart7Angelica Grace
Earhart Middle School8Kevin McGiffen
Earhart7John Strain
Gage7Ryan Homme
Arlington High School10Audi Gale Aquino
Arlington10Jamie Bagtang
Arlington10Danielle Golden
Arlington10Catherine Lo
Arlington10Hugo Martinez
Arlington10Marielle Ona
Arlington10Vanessa Peralez
Arlington10Ryan Schmitz
Arlington10Audi Gale Aquino
King9William Anderson III
King9Parnav Dixit
King9Akhila Marella
King9Taylor Riley
North10Ish Bhanu
North11Hippolyte Goux
North9Lindsay Kipnis
North11Natalya Kostendova
North9Jessica Lin
North10Jacob Loaiza
North11Akhila Pamula
North10Nicolas Stilwell
North9Aden Tedla
Poly11Stephen Foster
Poly11Brittany Fowler
Poly12Natalie Hamlin
Poly10Martin Molinos
Poly9Vasilios Morikis
Poly10Kevin Pope

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