Science fair students advance to state, national competitionsForty-nine Cloquet Middle School students and 18 Cloquet High School students (along with their teacher/mentors Cynthia Welsh, Cynthia Edwardson, Joe Nicol, Logan Pallin, Holly Pellerin, Diane Mueller, Joan Hakala, Scott Welsh and Tim Anderson) attended the 60th Annual Northeast Minnesota Regional and American Indian Science and Engineering Fair held on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus.
Forty-nine Cloquet Middle School students and 18 Cloquet High School students (along with their teacher/mentors Cynthia Welsh, Cynthia Edwardson, Joe Nicol, Logan Pallin, Holly Pellerin, Diane Mueller, Joan Hakala, Scott Welsh and Tim Anderson) attended the 60th Annual Northeast Minnesota Regional and American Indian Science and Engineering Fair held on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus.
First-place project awards at this fair advance to the state science fair. The following 16 students advanced to the state science fair from Cloquet Middle School: Lily Sinkkonen, Hailey Owens, Travis Rahkola, Noah Kolodge, Marissa Munley, Atalanta Stoeke, Ryan Leyrer, Lilian Minock, Gabby Larson, Peter Olson, Jada Johnson, Trenton Russell, Gabe Lah, Evan Poikinowski, Holly McGinn and Ebony DeLovely.
Sixteen Cloquet High School students also advanced to the state science fair: Christine Neumann, Crystal Moynan, Lauren Loeb, Taylor Leyrer, Tayiah Hanson, Madison Pallin, Caleb Charon, Anna Pollak, Drewrez Budreau, Maneula Sandoval, Abby Anderson, Kendra Pallin, Angela Moynan, Cassandra Roy, Preston Jackson and Alec Lamirande.
The following special awards were won at the fair by Cloquet Middle School students:
- The Broadcom Masters Award for middle school Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars Award was given to Cloquet Middle School students Ryan Leyrer, Levi Peterson, Holly McGinn, Peter Olson and Gabby Larson.
- Ryan Leyrer was given the UMD Biology Award and the Lake Superior Zoo Award.
- Hailey Anderson and Araya Reynolds were presented with the Air Force Award and Jada Johnson and Trenton Russell were one of the top chemistry projects awarded the American Chemical Society Lake Superior Section.
- The Northwoods Women in Science (NWIS) award was given to Holly McGinn and Ebony DeLovely. DeLovely was also awarded the Naval Science Award.
- The Duluth Rotary Chapter 25 honored Frances Slater and high school senior Abby Anderson.
High school special awards were given to the following students:
- Tayiah Hanson received the Naval Science Award as well as the Health and Human Services Award. Hanson was given special assistance from Jillian Zezulka, a UMD pharmacy student.
- Preston Jackson and Alec Lamirande received the Innovative Engineering Award and the Yale Science and Engineering Association Award. Jackson and Lamirande were given special assistance while designing and constructing a drop test apparatus to evaluate force dispersion in varying materials from Joe Nicol and Matthew James (UMD Large Lakes Observatory -LLO research scientist).
- Drewrez Budreau and Caleb Charon were presented with the Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award. Charon was also given the Bauer and Wood’s Utopian Slingshot Award for best use of technology in his project examining the effect of physical flashcards versus flash cards on an electronic handheld device to help a patient meet their speech language articulation goals written in their plan of care. Charon was given special assistance from Katherine Bradley, director of Speech Language Pathology at Community Memorial Hospital.
- Madison Pallin was given the American Meteorological Society award and the NOAA Taking the Pulse of the Planet Award along with the Army Award.
- Manuela Sandoval was presented with the Army Award and the Mu Alpha Theta Award.
- Kendra Pallin was given an award from the Society for In Vitro Biology.
- Crystal Moynan and Christine Neumann were presented with the Great Lakes Aquarium Award. Moynan and Neumann were given special assistance from Brooke Vetter, a UMD biology graduate student, for their research on the use of a tone that mimics the frequency of a male RoundGoby’s mating call.
- Seniors Angela Moynan and Cassandra Roy were both presented with the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) Award and the American Chemical Society Lake Superior Section Award. Moynan was given awards from the Society for In Vitro Biology and UMD Biology. Roy was also given awards from the Association for Women Geoscientists, UMD Geology, and was selected by the Army as the top high school project.
The following “big” awards were won by Cloquet students:
- The local Stockholm Junior Water Prize was presented to Cassandra Roy and Angela Moynan.
- Cloquet students Angela Moynan, Cassandra Roy, Kendra Pallin, Abby Anderson, Alec Lamirande and Preston Jackson, Anna Pollak and Caleb Charon as well as Tim Renier (Duluth East) were selected to present their first place papers at the Tristate Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. They will compete for the chance to attend the National Symposium in May.
+ Cloquet senior Angela Moynan as well as Cloquet freshmen Christine Neumann and Crystal Moynan were selected to attend the International Sustainable World (Energy, Engineering & Environment) Project Olympiad (ISWEEEP) in Houston, Texas, in May.
For the third time at UMD, students were selected to advance to the National American Indian Science and Engineering Society Fair (NAISEF) held in Albuquerque, N.M.
The students advancing to Albuquerque are Cloquet seniors Alec Lamirande, Preston Jackson, Kendra Pallin and Cassandra Roy, along with Cloquet juniors Drewrez Budreau and Anna Pollak, sophomore Madison Pallin and eighth-graders Gabe Lah and Evan Poikinowski.
Selected to attend the International Environmental Genius Olympiad that will occur in Oswego, N.Y., in June were Cassandra Roy and Kendra Pallin.
Selected as finalists to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering fair in Phoenix, Ariz., in May were three Cloquet seniors mentored by their science teacher Dr. Cynthia Welsh: Angela Moynan, Cassandra Roy and Kendra Pallin. Christine Neumann, Crystal Moynan and Adriana Pollak will also attend the international fair.
Angela Moynan and her project titled “The effect of the photodegradation of ibuprofen and dissolved organic matter (Lake Superior vs. St. Louis River Water) on a Lake Superior microbial isolate—phase VI),” was given special assistance from Elizabeth James, UMD LLO scientist and Dr. Elizabeth Minor, UMD LLO chemistry professor, as well as from Caitlin Sloan, UMD microbiology graduate student and Dr. Randal Hicks, UMD microbiology professor.
Cassandra Roy and her project titled “Mining Mystery: The effect of acid mining (sulfur compounds) on Bacillus mycoides taken from wild rice stalks” was given special assistance from Michael Gillespie, science instructor at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.
Kendra Pallin and her project titled “Contrary to the textbook: Possible sporulation and identification of bog mycobacteria isolated from pitcher plants” was given special assistance from Dr. John Dahl, UMD microbiology professor and Phuong Tranx, UMD microbiology graduate student.
Anna Pollak and her zebrafish project was given assistance from Dr. Jennifer Liang, UMD Biology professor.
These students had financial support for their projects from Cloquet Public Schools, the Cloquet Educational Foundation, and were funded in part by the Minnesota Power Foundation. They were also given special assistance from Holly Pellerin, director of the Manoomin Project, funded through the National Science Foundation and the University of Minnesota’s Geoscience Alliance’s Diversity Director Diana Dalbotten and Emi Ito.