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Cedarcrest High School students and teacher take top honors at Regional Science and Engineering Fair

  • Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD

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Colton Green was grand prize winner at the Central Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Courtesy photo.
For the third year in a row, Cedarcrest High School has taken the top award at the Central Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair.  Congratulations to Colton Green, this year’s grand prize winner.

Special awards were also given to the following students: Caitlin Brenner, Morgan Walker, Colton Green, Andrew Burnell, Anjani Patel, Alex Ratayzeck, Taylor Cramer, Jake Knoth, Caitlin Gard and Avery Rich, with an honorable mention to Allie Matheney.

In the 3rd place  category awards went to:  Andy Miller, Kianna Hales, Tony Leonti, Anjani Patel, Alex Ratayzeck ad Taylor Cramer.

In the 2nd place category awards were given to:  Amanda Bergvinson, Caitlin Brenner, Andrew Burnell, Candace Loftus, Amelia Anderson, Brenna Hunt and Spencer Young.

In the 1st place category awards went out to Colton Green, for his entry entitled, “Working Memory Capacity and its Correlation to Social Deficits found in the Autism Spectrum;” Morgan Walker for her work with “Effect of Angle and Distance on Distraction Level” (Referring to the distraction of commercial airline pilots by hand-held lasers pointed at them from the ground while they are landing) and Alex Ratayzeck for his entry regarding the study of Piezoelectric Shoes – converting piezoelectricity generated by walking into battery power.

As grand prize winner Colton was awarded an all-expense paid trip to the International Fair in Pittsburgh, Penn. in May.

Cedarcrest science teachers Bruce Murdock and Kellie Halverson are pleased to announce that not only is this the third year in a row for a CHS student to be awarded the grand  prize, however out of the 51 project awards given at this regional science event, Cedarcrest students took 37 of them. That is 73 percent of the total awards given!

Ms. Halverson  said, “We are so proud of ALL of our students. For many, this was their first time entering a regional science fair, including our grand prize winner, Colton Green.  The students at Cedarcrest are the best at what they do.  Many thanks to all of the adults who have supported these kids and supported the CHS science department ... parents, community members and school leaders. This is a huge honor! I cannot wait to see what we will do at the state competition.”

CHS students will have yet another opportunity to display their scientific abilities at the upcoming Washington State Science and Engineering Fair in Bremerton, Washington May 13 - 18.

Another exciting occurrence at the fair was the announcement of teacher Bruce Murdock receiving the award for “Teacher of the Year” yet again this year, and this impressive award will now be named after him. This is quite an honor for Mr. Murdock, however not surprising at all due to the  depth of admiration his students show for their inspiring and dedicated teacher.

Cedarcrest Principal Clarence Lavarias said, “This is truly a deserving award and one that will continue to recognize Bruce’s effort in moving not only Cedarcrest High School’s science program forward, but to all programs impacted by this endeavor.”

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