Posted On: Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sixteen students from Lakewood High and Harding Middle School attended the 58th Annual Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair at Cleveland State March 14-17 and all came away with recognition of their projects, including a first-place award for sophomore Hannah Kiraly in her category.

More than 600 students from nearly 100 area schools competed at the fair in nine categories, which are subdivided by grade levels. NEOSEF awards one 1st place, and multiple 2nd place, 3rd 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.

Kiraly, who also placed first last year at the fair, won in the Biology Grades 9-10 division for her project titled: “Can Integrating the Concept of Intercropping with GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms) be Beneficial to the Agricultural Industry.” First-place winners received $100 in addition to a medal and blue ribbon. Joining Kiralyi in awards recognition are the following LHS students:

3rd Place:
George Harkenrider
Jacob Zbin

Honorable Mention:
Hugh Campbell
Sameena Khan

Victoria Milicevic

Special Awards:
George Harkenrider – Antique Automobile Association and Parker Hannifin Corp. for his project, “Lift Relative to the Camber of a Wing”

Sameena Khan - Cleveland Clinic Department of Pathobiology for her project, “The Effect of Surface Temperatures on Fingerprints”

Hannah Kiraly – Trustee Award for Outstanding Project

The 10 participants from Harding Middle School also fared well. The students and their placement awards among the Grades 7-8 participants are:

2nd Place:
Renee Klann

3rd Place:
Madison Clause
Ann Elaban
Colby Karel
Grant Senger
arah Smith
Shawn Sovie

Honorable Mention:
Maggie Pizzo
Sean Weddell

Special Awards:
Madison Clause – Austen BioInnovation Institute
Ann Elaban – American Meteorological Society
Sarah Smith – American Meteorological Society & Association for Women GeoScientists

Senger also was given a special writing award along with 42 other participants for his explanatory report that accompanied his project. He now is eligible to compete in a national competition with the chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. 

Established in 1953, the NEOSF began with the goal of getting young adults interested in science and engineering by participating in a science and engineering competition. The fair has been held every year since 1954 and is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

During the four day event students set up their science fair displays, discuss their projects with 260-plus 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.

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