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Making history at California State Science Fair

posted May 28, 2014, 9:17 PM by LA MagnetSchools   [ updated Feb 5, 2015, 9:43 PM by MPA Admin ]
On April 28-29, seven of our students competed at the 2014 California State Science Fair and delivered the strongest results in the history of Portola HGM!  In addition, our own Mrs. Shah was one of three finalists for the fair's Teacher of the Year.

Please join us in congratulating our students and teacher! 

Category awards: 

2nd Place in Pharmacology/Toxicology  & Broadcom MASTERS semi-finalist
Sophia Hewitt 

Inducing Cellular Senescence in Tetrahymena thermophile Using Epigallocatechin Gallate to Shorten Telomeres: Can Green Tea Help Fight Cancer?

3rd Place in General Microbiology
Ella Michaels   

The Effect of Antioxidants on Hydrogen Peroxide’s Ability to Kill Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Yeast 

Honorable Mention in Plant Biology  &  Broadcom MASTERS semi-finalist
Isaiah O'Neal 
In a Venus Flytrap, Does Food Type Affect the Speed of a Trap’s Closure and the Length of its Closed State?

Honorable Mention in Behavioral & Social Sciences 
Ben Schall 

Speech Jamming or: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Delay

Muchang Bahng 
Max Repass 
Jack Standish

Student projects beneath the Space Shuttle