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2016 Science Fair SHS students to state contest

ON TO STATE CONTEST: Education Foundation of Sarasota County Executive Director Jennifer Vigne, center, celebrates with Sarasota High students Skyler Haber, left, and Savannah Jordan, right. Their chemistry project, "Desalination of Water Using Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes," was selected to compete at the state level.

This news release is from the Education Foundation of Sarasota County.

SARASOTA, March 9, 2016 – Every year the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, in partnership with Sarasota County Schools and the Sarasota Agricultural Fair, produces the Sarasota Regional Science, Engineering and Technology Fair. On March 8 at Suncoast Technical College in Sarasota, an audience of over 300 family members, educators and donors honored the Fair’s most promising young scientists, engineers and inventors with monetary award and other prizes. 

Six high school students, representing the five top scoring projects, will have the opportunity to compete at the State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida. Upon completion of the state competition, two of the five projects will be selected to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, all expenses paid by the Education Foundation of Sarasota County.

School board members, district leaders and fair sponsors gathered at Suncoast Technical College to congratulate more than 50 students from grades 3-12 whose projects scored at the top in 21 research categories this year. Students took home more than $5,500 in cash gifts and additional special prizes for exceptional achievement. 

Click here for a list of 2016 Regional Science Fair winners.

The fair’s major sponsors presented four awards to three outstanding high school participants. The Dart Foundation Award for Medicine & Health and a check for $1,000 was presented to Aubrey Kilduff for her project “Effects of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury on the Visual System in Mice.”The Dart Foundation Inspiration Award of $1,000 went to Hailey Ballard for her project, “Using Zinc Sulfate and Planarian to Test Reaction Times to Light: A Model for Photosensitive Epilepsy.”

The two Faulhaber Foundation Prizes for the Scientific Exploration of Nature Awards of $1,000 went to Codi Elliot and Teerth Patel for their project “"The Regulation of the Expression of p21 and the Use of Metformin to Kill Small Cell Lung Cancer."

About the Education Foundation of Sarasota County.  

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County, founded in 1988 as an independent 501(c)(3) organization, serves more than 42,600 students in 52 elementary, middle and high schools.  The Education Foundation is the leading advocate for an exceptional public education for all students in Sarasota County. With strong support from donors and the community, the Education Foundation undertakes significant, high impact projects and initiatives. The Education Foundation encourages donors with a passion for education to express their imagination in finding solutions, to make an investment in providing new opportunities for student learning, and to share the inspiration their generosity sparks in young people whose lives are forever changed.  For more information, visit or call 941.927.0965.

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