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BHS Students Headed To International Science Competitions

Once again, Burnsville High School students have been selected to attend both the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, Environment Project Olympiad (ISWEEP) and the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) after presenting their research at the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair.


Pictured from left: Braxton Kukulka, Connor Van Dorpe, Claire Wentzlaff and Hanna Holmstrom

Sophomore Hanna Holmstrom is going to ISWEEP in Houston in May. Her project is "A Comparison of Alternative Protein Sources and their Impact on the Environment." Along with presenting her work and competing with top science students from around the world, Hanna will also have an opportunity to meet and speak with top scientists in the fields of energy, engineering and the environment.

Junior Claire Wentzlaff is headed to Los Angeles for ISEF in May. Her project is "The Effects of Bacillus Bacteria on the Invasive Species Lemna minor (Duckweed).” Alternates are seniors Connor Van Dorpe and Braxton Kukulka, who will attend all activities and functions at the competition. ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, which brings together more than 1,600 high school students from around the world to showcase their research. This is the 23rd time since 1992 that Burnsville High School students have been selected to attend — a remarkable record.

"This year the Burnsville research students did a remarkable job at Regions," said science teacher and mentor Jenny Hugstad-Vaa.  "We brought the largest number of students to date and they were knowledgeable, poised and successful during the competition!"  

In addition, there are several project competitors who are moving on to the Minnesota Academy of Science State Science Fair in Minneapolis on March 25-27. The following students had to receive both Merit and Premium Awards to advance to state:

  • Arbaz Ansar - Is Denser Fruit Healthier, and Does it Affect the Size of Fruit?
  • Joseph Andel - Does Increasing the Ratio of Corn Starch to Water in a Mixture Increase the Dissipation of  Force?
  • Jailyn Baisch - The Correlation Between Female Finger Length and Athletic Ability   
  • Sam Bardwell -  The Change of Perception with Color        
  • Ryan Beattie - The Effects of Music on Cognition     
  • Emily Bogaard - A Statistical Analysis of the Reaction Times of Athletes and Nonathletes  
  • Grace Campbell - The Combined Effects of Cefuroxime Axetil and Ultraviolet Radiation Against Bacillus subtilis   
  • Andrew Carlson - Does Canine Saliva Affect the Growth of E. coli Bacteria?   
  • Anna Cruz - Chlorine in Municipal Drinking Water   
  • Ari Day - Involvement in Music and its Effect on the Speed of Processing Information       
  • Tatum Frey - The Effect of Feng Shui on Productivity  
  • Team of Griffin Gutwa and Seyi Aguda - Going Green as You Clean   
  • Abby Harrold - The Carbon Dioxide Conundrum  
  • Emma Harrold - How Does the Blade Pitch of a Wind Turbine Affect Power Output?   
  • Najma Hassan - Effects of Cell Phones upon Reaction Time    
  • Siham Hassan - The Effects of Cell Phones on Reaction Time   
  • Davis Hey - Bioethanol vs. Gasoline
  • Hanna Holmstrom - A Comparison of Alternative Protein Sources and their Impact on the Environment   
  • Mikayla Hughes - The Effect of Musical Experience on Problem Solving Abilities   
  • Lauren Jensen - Blind Choices   
  • Greg Johnson - The Potential Antimicrobial Capabilities of Common Home Remedies  
  • Sarah Johnson - The Effects of Disinfectants on E. coli Bacteria    
  • Rachel Kelly - The Effect of Positive Reinforcement on Accuracy Using Two-step Algebraic Equations  
  • Brianna Kirk - The Effect of Mobile Phone Usage on the Amount of Phantom Vibration Syndrome Symptoms   
  • Sarah Kuplic - Do Males or Females Talk More?      
  • Elijah Le - The Electrolysis Slide   
  • Nicole Matter - The Effect Time Has on an Eyewitness Memory
  • Aradhana Menon - Skyfall: The Effect of Parachute Shapes on Drop Velocity
  • Jessica Nguyen - Correlation Between Plant Density and Plant Growth   
  • Team of Kara Odom, Emma Fee and Maddie Schwab - A Novel Approach to Determining the Effects of Trihalomethanes on Epithelial Cells    
  • Megan Olson - The Effects of Bleach and Vinegar on Bread Mold     
  • Abyan Osman - Which Oil Retains the Most Energy?      
  • Cormac Pearce - An Analysis of Different Materials on Radio Frequency Identification Chips          
  • Heidi Stewart - Home Grown                                                                                       
  • Team of Percy Thomas, Alex Dodd and Moses Mwebi - The Effects of Anthracite Combustion on Cyanobacteria Colonies     
  • Ethan Tinklenberg - Shoes! On Race Day       
  • William Trussell - The Effect of Water Flow Types and Blade Numbers on Rotations of Turbines        
  • Team of Connor VanDorpe and Braxton Kulkuka - Increasing the Efficiency of a Photovoltaic System with a Calcium Chloride Hexahydrate Based Passive Cooling System
  • Claire Wentzlaff - The Effects of Bacillus Bacteria on the Invasive Species Lemna minor (Duckweed)   

                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Alternates for the state science competition are:

  • Logan Eckholm - The Energy Efficiency and Heat Retention of Alternative Insulation Materials
  • Heidi Hulbert - A Comparison of the Antibacterial Effect of Manuka Honey to a Local Wildflower Honey
  • Emma Martin - Font and Multiplication
  • Sophia Middig - The Composting Complex
  • Isaac Nelson - Did You Hear That?
  • Kiley O'Neil - Comparison of Caloric Energy in Organic and Inorganic Food
  • Maddie Samz - Battle of the Brain
  • Liam Thomas - The Effects of Added Food Coloring on Taste Perceptions
  • Michael Ysaguirre - Do Different Genres of Music Affect the Growth of Bacteria                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Paper competitors moving on to the Minnesota Academy of  Science State Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, Mpls., March 25 - 27

  • Marissa Baker -  UV Careful!
  • Hanna Holmstrom - A Comparison of Alternative Protein Sources and their Impact on the Environment
  • Josh Holtzleiter - Memorization and Color Coordination
  • Mikayla Hughes - The Effects of Musical Experience on Problem Solving Abilities
  • Sarah Kuplic - Do Males or Females Talk More?
  • Olivia Rippentorp - An Analysis of the Antimicrobial Effects of Essential Spices on the Inhibition of E. coli
  • Heidi Stewart - Home Grown: The Effect Organic Fertilizers Have on a Flowering Plant
  • Ethan Tinklenberg - How do Different Types of  Running Shoes Affect the Friction Created with the Ground?
  • Jacob Widen - Effects of Non-nutritive Sweeteners on the Lifespan on Drosophila melanogaster                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Alternates:

  • Jailyn Baisch - The Correlation Between Female Finger Length and Athletic Ability
  • Matt Berg - Running to the Beat
  • Anna Cruz -  Chlorine in Municipal Drinking Water
  • Tatum Frey -  Effect of Feng Shui on Productivity
  • Abby Harrold - The Carbon Dioxide Conundrum
  • Zack Hjermstad - Snowboard Wax: Does Greater Cost Really Equal Greater Performance
  • Hayden Johnson - Effect of Temperature on Conductivity of an Aqueous solution with Varying Amounts of Electrolyte
  • Josh Klavins - Skyscraper Shapes and Wind Forces
  • Jessica Nguyen - Correlation Between Plant Density and Plant Height
  • Matt Voight - Liquefaction
 
Students receiving Special Awards are:
 

American Chemical Society - Elijah Le - The Electrolysis Slide

American Meteorlogical Society - Hanna Holmstrom - A Comparison of Alternative Protein Sources and their Impact on the Environment

American Psychological Association - Lauren Jensen - Blind Choices

ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives - Hanna Holmstrom - A Comparison of Alternative Protein Sources and their Impact on the Environment

Caffeinated Student Award - Hanna Holmstrom - A Comparison of Alternative Protein Sources and their Impact on the Environment

Graduate Women in Science Award - Hanna Holmstrom - A Comparison of Alternative Protein Sources and their Impact on the Environment

Minnesoota Agriculture in the Classroom - Jessica Nguyen - Correlation Between Plant Density and Plant Height

Minnesota Space Frontier Society - Aradhana Menon - Skyfall: The Effect of Parachute Shapes on Drop Velocity

Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics - Emma Martin - Font and Multiplication

NASA EARTH System Science Award - Hanna Holmstrom - A Comparison of Alternative Protein Sources and their Impact on the Environment

NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Abby Harrold - The Carbon Dioxide Conundrum

Ricoh Sustainable Development Award - AnneMarie Wells and Zackary Sether - Variances of Effectiveness of Limonene from Organic and Non-Organic Citrus Fruits as a Natural Alternative to Acetone to Reducing Polystyrene

Society for InVitro Biology - Claire Wentzlaff - The Effects of Bacillus Bacteria on the Invasive Species Lemna minor (Duckweed)

Sponsor: 3M Foundation - Connor VanDorpe and Braxton Kulkuka -  Increasing the Efficiency of a Photovoltaic System with a Calcium Chloride Hexahydrate Based Passive Cooling System; Greg Johnson - The Potential Antimicrobial Capabilities of Common Home Remedies  

Sponsor: 3M Commercial Solutions Award - Griif Gutwa and Seyi Aguda

Sponsor: Isthmus Engineering & Manufacturing -  Aradhana Menon - Skyfall: The Effect of Parachute Shapes on Drop Velocity; William Trussell - The Effect of Water Flow Types and Blade Numbers on Rotations of Turbines

Stockholm Junior Water Prize - Claire Wentzlaff - The Effects of Bacillus Bacteria on the Invasive Species Lemna minor (Duckweed)

TCRSF Award of Excellence - Ari Day - Involvement in Music and its Effect on the Speed of Processing Information, Abyan Osman - Which Oil Retains the Most Energy?; Emma Martin - Font and Multiplication

US Air Force - Aradhana Menon - Skyfall: The Effect of Parachute Shapes on Drop Velocity

US Army - Emily Bogaard - A Statistical Analysis of the Reaction, Times of Athletes and Nonathletes; Najma Hassan - Effects of Cell Phones upon Reaction Time; Ethan Tinklenberg - How do Different Types of  Running Shoes Affect the Friction Created with the Ground?; Ari Day - Involvement in Music and its Effect on the Speed of Processing Information

US Metric System - Claire Wentzlaff - The Effects of Bacillus Bacteria on the Invasive Species Lemna minor (Duckweed)

US Navy/Marine Office of Naval Research - Aradhana Menon - Skyfall: The Effect of Parachute Shapes on Drop Velocity

Students receiving Honorable Mention Project Awards are:

Erin Bachmeier, Ashley Baker, Sebastian Cerda, Cassandra Cross, Caitlyn Kloeckl, Andy Nguyen, Ellen Olson, Amanda Peterson, Katelyun Swanson, Claire Tangney, Abby Thompson, Liliana Valverde, Anna Vogelgesang, Arbaz Ansar, Adan Falcon, Leann Luong, Grace McGovern, Olivia Rippentrop, Justin Robinson, Ibtisaam Mahamed, Ryan Allgood, Alyse Dees, Sundus Farah, Ian Harpell, Zachary Huseby, Emily Lang, Anh Le, Claire McDavid, Team of Joseph Mosoti, Shemarr Kilgore, Daniel Torres, team of AnneMarie Wells and Zackary Sether, Marissa Baker, Jacob Dehkes, Khalid Hassan, Raymond Kwong, Kiley O’Neil, Sam Scheumann, Melissa Islas-Arcega, Lucas Lesser, Delaney Gigstad, Katie Herzog, Zachary Hjermstad, Conor Thomas, Sarah Johnson, Dyllan Matthew, Megan Olson, Joe Schatz, Matthew Stewart, Milan Ysaguirre, Hayden Johnson, Riley Stagg, Clifford Yeboah, Michael Ambrose, Amber Chamberland, Osman Abdullahi

Students receiving Honorable Mention Paper Awards are:

Osman Abdullahi, Ryan Allgood, Michael Ambrose, Arbaz Ansar, Erin Bachmeier, Jaelyn Baisch, Ashley Baker, Sam Bardwell, Alicia Bauer, Ryan Beattie, Matt Berg, Emily Bogaard, Griff Boos, Megan Borman, Ari Day, Alyse Dees, Jacob Dehkes, Matthew Dirkhausen, Jordan Discher, Logan Eckholm, Ryan Engle, Adan Falcon, Sundus Farah, Joseph Fee, Tatum Frey, Josue Garcia, Delaney Gigstad, Alex Gorton, Adam Haag, Ian Harpell, Emma Harrold, Abby Harrold, Khalid Hassan, Najma Hassan, Siham Hassan, Katie Herzog, Davis Hey, Zachary Hjermstad, Caleb Hubbard, Dylan Hughes, Mikayla Hughes, Heidi Hulbert, Zachary Huseby, Louis Ikponmwosa, Melissa Islas-Arcega, Lauren Jensen, Hayden Johnson, Sarah Johnson, Haley Jones, Mia Katzmarek, Rachel Kelly, Brianna Kirk, Josh Klavins, Caitlyn Kloeckl, Laura Kotz, Sarah Kuplic, Raymond Kwong, Emily Lang, Elijah Le, Ashley Le, Lucas Lesser, Tiana Lien, Logan Lillehaug, Zoey Lind, Vlad Lind, Kylie Lundgren, Leann Luong, Ibtisaam Mahamed, Gargi Mansingh, Katie Marko, Emma Martin, Dyllan Mathew, Nicole Matter, Claire McDavid, Gracer McGovern, Cheyney McKinney, Sopia Middig, Ian Miner, Micahael Mingo, Jamal Mohamud,Erin Murray, Issac Nelson, Jessica Nguyen, Lisa Nguyen, Leita Nguyen, Andy Nguyen, Alex Nilsson, Kiley O’Neil, Megan Olson, Ellen Olson, Abyan Osman, Patrick Otto, Dalton Passon, Cormac Pearce, Amanda Peterson, Sam Phillips, Jackson Reichert, Olivia Rippentrop, Justin Robinson, Maddie Samz, Sarah Scalzo, Sam Scheuneman, Natasha Schonewill, Chris Slemp, Blake Smith, Kira Sosinske, Katie Spaude, Riley Stagg, Eleanore Steinhouse, Matthew Stewart, Heidi Stewart, Katelyn Swanson, Claire Tangney, Liam Thomas, Abby Thompson, Megan Tomas, Molly Tomas, Terra Tvedt, Liliana Valverde, Matt Voight, Grace Wenzinger, Jacob Widen, Clifford Yeboah, Luna Yemane, Michael Ysaguirre