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Dean’s list

Alison Daigle of Edgartown, at Curry College.

Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Science and Engineering Fair awards

The Dr. James H. Porter Awards

Tisbury Waterways, Inc. (TWI) is a nonprofit organization of private citizens concerned with the conservation of the environment and clean waterways. TWI has chosen to honor one of its former presidents, Dr. James H. Porter, by funding the grand prize awards for the fair. Dr. Porter’s unique design of catchment basins to filter and remove dangerous pollutant in road runoff has radically changed the health of our waters, and the Dr. James H. Porter Awards are presented in his honor.

First place overall: Henry D’Andrea — Can Bacteria Grow in Space Without a Spacesuit?

First place investigative project: Henry D’Andrea — Can Bacteria Grow in Space Without a Spacesuit?

Second place investigative: Graham Stearns — Finding Mercury Levels in Local Fish

Third place investigative: Ingrid Moore and Ben Yancey — Got Water?

First place engineering project: Chloe Combra and Kate Howell — Degradable Water Cup

Second place engineering project: Jaiden Edelman — Portable, Refracting Telescopes for Science Outreach

Third place engineering project: Owen Steenkamp and Mike Wallace — Simply Still

 

Wind Turbine Competition Awards

Vineyard Power is a community-owned nonprofit cooperative that aims to build a sustainable energy future for Martha’s Vineyard. The Vineyard Power vision is to make the island of Martha’s Vineyard 100 percent renewable, in domestic electricity, transportation, and home heating, by 2050. To encourage future wind turbine engineers and technicians, Vineyard Power has funded the awards for the top designs in this year’s Wind Turbine Competition.

First place: Peter Burke and Vito Aiello

Second place: Owen Farveau and Jaiden Edelman

Third place: Enrique Contreras and Catherine Cherry

 

Shark Tank Competition Awards

This is the first year the MVRHS Science and Engineering Fair has offered this competition to its students. The competition is modeled after the popular television show by the same name. Student presentations were scored in four main categories: pitch, creativity of product/design, marketability, and cost/materials optimization.

First place: Isabella Thorpe and Ruby Reimann — SolCharger

Second place: Max Potter and Willa Welch — MVRHS Connect

 

Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation Award

Chartered in 1959, the Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation owns over 2000 acres of conservation land on Martha’s Vineyard. The mission of Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation is to conserve the natural, beautiful, rural landscape and character of Martha’s Vineyard for present and future generations. The foundation’s properties represent all the major Martha’s Vineyard habitats: beaches, sand dunes, coastal ponds, wooded moraine, forests, swamps, marshes, agricultural lands, meadows, and more. This award is given to the project that may benefit the environment and ecological management of this land.

Winners: Chloe Combra and Kate Howell — Degradable Water Cup

 

The David Brand Award

This award is given for an outstanding project related to earth science. It is given in memory of former earth science teacher David Brand.

Winners: Lucas Goncalves and Cicero Batista — Could GMOs Save Areas Undergoing Drought?

 

The Marine and Paleobiological Research Institute (MRPI) Award

The mission of the Marine and Paleobiological Research Institute is education, research, public participation in marine and paleobiological sciences, outreach to inform and interest young people in these areas, and working to preserve our world fossil heritage. This award is for an outstanding marine or coastal science project that might include any aspect of science, fishing, engineering, or conservation.

Winners: Parker Ben David and Matthew D’Andrea — Testing Solar Panel Efficiency in Water

 

Sustainability Award

This award is presented to the project that involves the recycling or reuse of materials for a new purpose, or that involves methods of reducing energy or materials consumption. This award is sponsored by the Munn family.

Winners: Chloe Combra and Kate Howell — Degradable Water Cup

 

Lagoon Pond Association Award

The Lagoon Pond Association exists to preserve the character and resources of Lagoon Pond. This award is given to a project that addresses a water-quality issue with application to the protection of the water resources of Martha’s Vineyard.

Winner: Graham Stearns — Finding Mercury Levels in Local Fish

 

Biology Award

This award is given to a project that demonstrates originality and outstanding investigation in a field of biology. Areas of investigation may include, but are not limited to, genetics, animal behavior, ecology, evolution, physiology, or health.

Winners: Ciara Hoyt and Charlotte Packer — In-Home Hydroponics System

 

Physics Award

This award is given to a project that explores motion and forces, momentum, sound, energy technology, electricity, or magnetism.

Winner: Jaiden Edelman — Portable, Refracting Telescopes for Science Outreach

 

Chemistry Award

This award is given to a project that explores the composition and structure of materials and the changes they undergo.

Winners: Oliver Dorr and Rusiri Mullin — Lemon versus Penny Battery

 

Technology Award

This award is given to a project that uses scientific knowledge and technology to develop a process/procedure, machinery, or equipment.

Winner: Jaiden Edelman — Portable, Refracting Telescopes for Science Outreach