Islanders score at Falmouth Academy science fair


Twelve Martha’s Vineyard students won prizes at Falmouth Academy’s 26th annual science held February 13. More than 170 students in grades 7 – 12 presented projects to volunteer judges pulled primarily from Woods Hole and Falmouth scientific and engineering communities. The judges based their choices on the students’ research and data as well as their ability to articulate the details, processes, and results of their independent research, according to a press release.

Vineyard Haven residents Alec Cobban and Samuel Graber-Hahn earned fourth places. Alec’s project was titled “Isolation of endospores with properties conducive to survival and habitation of extra-terrestrial environments.” A junior, he is the son of Michael Cobban of Vineyard Haven and Rhea Cobban of East Falmouth.

Sam, a freshman, earned the Falmouth Association’s Concerned with Estuaries and Saltponds (FACES) Award for his research, “How do algae from different environments react to chemicals commonly used in fertilizers?” Sam is the son of Rachel Graber and Mark Hahn.

Freshman Shawn Trieschmann earned an honorable mention for his project, “Do different bedrock conditions and different slopes affect the flow speed of a glacier?” His parents are Beth and Stephen Trieschmann of Vineyard Haven.

Seventh grader Anna Nitardy, the daughter of Jill Robie of Vineyard Haven, won a fourth prize in the middle school for her research and presentation of “The effect of caffeine on gypsy moths.”

Middle schoolers earning honorable mention were eighth-grader Kiric Hallahan, the son of Thomas Hallahan of Oak Bluffs; and seventh-graders Jake Howell, the son of Nina and Bill Howell of Oak Bluffs; Kayla Eddy, the daughter of Anne-Marie and James Eddy of Oak Bluffs; and Spencer Dario, the son of Laura Dario of West Tisbury and Scott Dario of Oak Bluffs; and Edgartown residents Alexis Condon and Mackenzie Condon, the daughters of Carlene Gatting and Fred Condon; Camden Emery, the son of Stephen Emery and Triva Coffin-Taylor Emery; and Addy Hayman, the daughter of Lucia and Bob Hayman.