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Congratulations to County Science Fair participants!

posted Apr 3, 2014, 9:14 AM by Andrew Hyman   [ updated Feb 1, 2015, 10:43 PM by MPA Admin ]
13 Portola HGM students participated in the Los Angeles County Science Fair, while many other students attended and supported.  We wanted to share the results, as we are so proud of all of our students! 

Category Winners: (will participate in CA State Science Fair, April 28-29) 

Sophia Hewitt - 1st Place for Pharmacology, Sweepstakes Finalist 
Inducing Cellular Senescence in Tetrahymena thermophile Using Epigallocatechin Gallate to Shorten Telomeres: Can Green Tea Help Fight Cancer? 

Isaiah O'Neal - 1st Place for Plant Physiology, Sweepstakes Finalist 
In a Venus Flytrap, Does Food Type Affect the Speed of a Trap’s Closure and the Length of its Closed State? 

Jack Standish - 1st Place for Earth/Space Sciences
Does Altitude Affect Background Radiation? 

Ella Michaels - 1st Place for Microbiology 
The Effect of Antioxidants on Hydrogen Peroxide’s Ability to Kill Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Yeast 

Ben Schall - 2nd Place for Behavioral/Social Sciences - Human 
Speech Jamming or: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Delay 

Max Repass - 3rd Place for Physics - Aerodynamics/Hydrodynamics 
How Does Viscosity Affect Shock Absorption? 

Special Awards:

Tai Michaels - Winner of the Professional Engineers' in SC Government's James E. Roberts Award ($500)
Can A Suspension Bridge be Improved by Observing Its Faults?

Jack Standish - Winner of the Nuclear Society Junior Award ($250)
        Does Altitude Affect Background Radiation?

Honorable Mentions: 

Muchang Bahng, Microbiology 
How do Different Types of Sweeteners Affect Yeast Growth?   

Sharukh Lal, Product Science 
What Glue and Wood Combinations are Best? 
Albert Liu, Mathematics & Computer Sciences 
Can Quicksort or Heapsort be Optimized to Sort Incrementally Available Data? 

Jessie Minde, Environmental Management 
Solar Panels: Now You See Them, Now You Don’t 

Vishy Vasudevan, Physics - Aerodynamics/Hydronamics
How Does the Angle of a Blade Affect the Efficiency of a Pelton Wheel?
Maya Zeltzer, Behavioral/Social Sciences - Human
How Does Eye Color Affect Peripheral Vision?

Complete lists of LA County Science Fair winners: Category Awards and Special Awards