Service Authority Awards Area Science Stars

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Provided by Prince William County Service Authority

The Prince William County Service Authority (SA) recently honored 10 area students for water-related entries in Prince William-Manassas Regional Science and Engineering Fair. The fair was held last month at the Edward L. Kelly Leadership Center in Manassas.

Desmen Boykin of Forest Park High School and Rowan Floyd of the Nokesville School took first place in the Senior [High School] and Middle [School] Divisions, respectively. Boykin’s project was titled “The Effects of Different Plant-Based Microplastics on the Nelumbo nucifera Plant.” Floyd won with her experiment demonstrating “Human Impacts on Oceanic Defenses.”

The following students in the Middle Division were recognized for their projects:

  • Sheila Nguyen (second place), Ronald Reagan Middle School
  • Teammates Hannah Hakimpour and Katie Kim (General Manager’s Award), Ronald Reagan Middle School
  • Seth Kellogg (third place), Seton School
  • Lauren Motter (General Manager’s Award), Benton Middle School

In the Senior Division, the SA also honored

  • Divya Ramakrishnan (second place) of Osbourn Park,
  • Amanda Hurley (General Manager’s Award) of Osbourn
  • Ebru Ayyorgun (General Manager’s Award) of Battlefield 

The winning students received certificates and cash prizes, and the SA featured the students on its website and social media outlets.

Christine Smith is Service Authority Laboratory Specialist. She has served as a judge for the competition the last three years. Smith said, “All of the students were passionate about their projects … I was impressed with their knowledge and ability to teach me new areas in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) world. The winners and all participants have bright futures ahead of them.”

For a video presentation of Boykin’s award-winning science project, visit the Service Authority’s YouTube channel.

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