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11 students win at Monterey County Science Fair
11 students win at Monterey County Science Fair

Eleven Santa Catalina School students won awards at the Monterey County Science and Engineering Fair held March 15-17 at CSU Monterey Bay.

Presenting in teams or individually, the students won in four categories.

Applied Mechanics & Structures
1st place

Seniors Grace Lostak-Baker, Angela Hu, and Emma Bucholtz, "Phil Angies: The Mechanical and Interactive Hand"

The trio also received a special award from the Biophysical Society, honoring the best biophysics-related project by a high school student.

Environmental Engineering
1st place

Seniors Mia Bennett and Maya Pruthi, "Low-Cost pH Control and Record System Using Arduino"

They also received a financial award from the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, given to a team for a first-place project on a subject of interest to the institute's Industry Application Society.

Environmental Science
1st place

Seniors Amira Chou, Emalia Partlow, and Victoria Gorum, "The effects of upwelling, chlorophyll-a, and SST on the abundance and community structure of zooplankton in Monterey Bay"

3rd place
Juniors Grayce Nichols and Truth Ortiz, "Plankton Diversity in the Monterey Bay"

2nd place

Audrey Nixon '19, "The Relationship Between Territorial and Non-Territorial Grazing Fish on Hawaiian Coral Reefs"

Audrey also received the NASA Earth System Science Award, given to the best high school project with an Earth systems science perspective.

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