Lakewood City Schools' eighth- and ninth-graders excelled at the annual Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair held March 6-9 at Cleveland State, led by five second-place winners for the District and several special award winners.
Freshman Stephanie (Aaron) Shaffer won second place in the Health/Medicine category and also earned special awards from the American Statistical Association - Cleveland Chapter; The Cleveland Clinic - Award for Scientific Enthusiasm; and The Cleveland Clinic - Dept. of Quantitative Health Sciences. Freshman William Rosenberger also took second place in Health/Medicine.
Middle schoolers earning second place include Garfield eighth-graders Katy Spilsbury in Health/Medicine, Sydney Heckeler in Behavioral Science and Alexis Coniku, also in Behavioral Science. Spilsbury also won a special award from the Cleveland Regional Council of Science Teachers.
Third-place finishers include high school students Kim Banak (Chemistry), who also won a special award from the American Statistical Association – Cleveland Chapter; Emma Hirsch (Physics), also a special award from the American Statistical Association - Cleveland Chapter; Mackenzie Davis (Chemistry); Alice King (Physics). Eighth grader Hayley Welsh also earned a third place in Chemistry.
Finally, the District had a couple of Honorable Mention winners as well: Freshmen Sophia Miranda (Chemistry), who also won a special award from the American Statistical Association - Cleveland Chapter and Logan Camp (Physics).
Established in 1953, the Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair is a four-day event that brings together nearly 500 students from over 80 schools in the area set up their science fair displays, discuss their projects with 260+ judges and compete for more than $20,000 in prizes. One of the most rewarding aspects of NEOSEF is the opportunity for the students to discuss their research with professional scientists and engineers from the local area.
At the fair students compete in nine categories which are subdivided by grade levels. NEOSEF awards one first place, and multiple second place, third place and honorable mentions per subdivision. Students also compete for over 300 Special Awards totaling more than $15,000 that are donated by companies, societies and organizations.