Area high school students win at Science and Mathematics Fair

Student presenting at science fair

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Local high school students from Aberdeen and the surrounding region competed in the Northern South Dakota Science and Mathematics Fair on March 23 at Northern State University.

A list of winners from the Science Fair and Quiz Bowl are included below.

Science Fair Winners

Jake Flakus of Aberdeen Central High School was the individual grand winner with his project titled “Comparing Ethanol Yield from Saccharomyces cerevisiae in Healthy and Decaying Starch and Sugar Solutions.”

Daniel Orr of Northwestern High School received second place in the individual category with his project, titled “Production of Hydrogen Fuel.”

Hamza Jamal and John Prosper of Aberdeen Central were first place in the team category with their project, titled “Design for an Alternate Wireless Medical Auscultation Device.”

These four students will receive an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles, Calif., to attend the International Science and Engineering Fair from May 14 to 19. The students will compete there for several large cash awards and other prizes such as free college tuition.

Junior Quiz Bowl Results:

First place winners were Haydn Podoll, Jake Kenser, Sean Bickford and Keirah Nickelson of Frederick High School, with Sarah Sumption as their coach.

Second place winners were Ashley Gustafson, Chesney Olson, Olivia Ewalt and Hannah Miller of Langford High School, with Harlan Heitz as their coach.

Third place winners were Jordan Hermansen, Maddi Fleckenstein, Luke Jacobs and Abe Wieland of Aberdeen Central, with Charles Hermansen as their coach.

Senior Quiz Bowl Results:

First place winners were Rachel Holler, Dylan Frey, Jordan Schmieg and Brandy Peterson of Langford High School, with Heitz as their coach.

Second place winners were Derek Boekelheide, Josie Clemens, Sadie Vander Wal and Jarret Haven of Northwestern High School, with Denise Clemens as their coach.

Third place winners were Abby Otten, Elizabeth Tobin, Dan Sharp and Kyle Albee of Aberdeen Central, with Hermansen as their coach.

The science fair was put on under the direction of Dr. Jodie Ramsay and Dr. Alyssa Anderson, NSU

professors of biology and co-directors of the fair, and Linda Richards, secretary of the math and science department.

Chairing the senior science bowl was the NSU Science Club, under the direction of Dave Pierson, NSU master teacher of chemistry and physics at the Center for Statewide E-Learning. The NSU Honors Program was responsible for organizing the junior science bowl.

About Northern State University

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