Barksdale, Delong and Dora win Episcopal Science Fair

Barksdale, Delong and Dora win Episcopal Science Fair
Episcopal Science Fair Winners Miranda Dora, Daniel Delong and Sally Barksdale

Sally Barksdale, Daniel Delong and Miranda Dora were the winners of the Science Fair held at Episcopal School of Jacksonville in late January.

Barksdale took home top honors in the senior biological category with a project titled, “Machine learning to predict cancer treatments with genetic biomarkers. Delong and Dora both took top honors in the senior physical category. Delong’s project was titled: “A robotic arm with computer vision to manipulate objects.” Doro’s project was titled, “Lead removal with silver nanoparticles.”

The projects were displayed on the Kirwan Flag Plaza on the Munnerlyn Campus after school, where the judges interviewed the students. The judges – Tess Peterson, Peter Blumeyer, Jason Marks, and Isaiah Nields – are all graduates of Episcopal. They said they were impressed with the students’ creativity, presentation skills, and scientific reasoning.

First, second and third place winners as well as those receiving honorable mention presented their projects at the Regional Science Fair, a four-day, hybrid event, Feb. 20-23.

Other place winners are as follows: Senior Biological: Second place, Tom Commander – Nanoparticle-based hypothermia; Second place, Jordan Harrow – Environmental buffers in freshwater; Third place, Matthew Schinsing – Mite eradication on bees; Honorable mention, Natalie Rabil – Lead nitrate toxicity to amphipods; Honorable mention, Isabella Buschini – UV light on chicken embryos; Honorable mention, Ariel Largen – Comparison of online learning vs. in-person learning.

Senior Physical: Second place, Julia Kagiliery – Novel method of water analysis; Third place, Jace Bankston – Shark skin denticles on rockets; Third place, Sean Ramsey – Martian construction materials; Honorable mention, Chris-John Griffith – Electrical stimulation of earthworms; Honorable mention, Cole Nigro – Zinc analysis in lettuce; Honorable mention, Jackson Whitchurch – Measuring UV-C for disinfection.

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