Sci High students win at city and state fairs – Mid-City Messenger

Sci High student Delia Pirtle’s work on the effects of sunscreen on freshwater hydra earned her a top spot at the Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair.

Students from Mid-City’s New Orleans Charter Science and Math High Schools were recently recognized in science competitions.

The public STEM-oriented school called Sci High moved to a new campus on Bienville St. 2011 in the Tulane-Gravier area near the biomedical corridor this year.

Five Sci High students returned with top prizes from the Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair. The state competition 2021 took place practically from March 22nd to 26th.

First place in biochemistry went to Delia Pirtle for “Which sun protection and sun protection factor has the greatest influence on freshwater hydra?”.

Otis Taylor and Chelsy Gonzalez

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, chemicals commonly used in sunscreens threaten corals and other marine life. Hydra are small freshwater relatives of corals, sea anemones, and jellyfish.

Second prize for sustainable materials and design went to Sci High students Otis Taylor and Chelsy Gonzalez for their study “Bringing Insulation to the 21st Century”.

Bryson White won third place in translational medicine for “Is Flash Frequency Affected by Screen Exposure?”

Fourth place for Computational Biology went to Staicy Triminio-Ferrera for the “twin birth in the USA”.

Before moving to state competition, Sci High students won 12 awards at the Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair. Six Sci High students qualified for the state level competition by winning first or second place.

Bryson White

Early student awards include Delia Pirtle, Otis Taylor and Chelsy Gonzales, and Derrick O’Neal, who won in animal science for “Does Color Influence Mosquito-Laying Locations?”

The second place winners are Staicy Triminio-Ferrera and Bryson White.

Eviyan Butler received a third prize in Computational Biology, Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering for “COVID-19 and Unclean Air: Is It Dangerous for Asthma People?”

Fourth place winners include Kawaynea Washington in Behavioral and Social Sciences for “The Impact of Whitewash / Diversity in Film”; Cullun Mitchell, Engineering Mechanic for “Fascinating Entertainment”; Amaya Jacques in Biomedicine, Health and Translational Medicine for “Can the PTC Test Predict Symptoms of COVID-19?”; Selina Langley, Animal Science for “COVID-19 Pet Adoption”; and Samaria Smothers, Computational Biology, Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering for “Comparing the Global Impact of a Pandemic on Unemployment and CO2 Emissions”.

Sci High students also came in with some special awards from the city’s science fair.

Samaria Smothers, a fourth city competition winner for her work on the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, won two prestigious awards.

The Tulane Science Scholars Program awarded Smothers a $ 1,700 certificate and full scholarship to the summer program for aspiring juniors or seniors who have demonstrated exceptional talent in science, engineering, and math. The award is given for an exceptional project in a field of science or technology.

In addition, the US agency for international development presented Smothers with a Science Champion Award. These awards recognize an exceptional project that can have an impact on overcoming international development challenges. This recognition is given to the most outstanding project relevant to solving an important global development challenge.

Otis Taylor and Chelsy Conzalez’s team won two awards – the US National Air Force Award and the MS Benbow & Associates First Place Award – for their isolation study.

The Air Force Award is given to projects that best incorporate the study of mathematics, science and engineering and, where possible, recognize projects that offer the applicability of the Air Force. MS Benbow & Associates will donate US $ 100 to the winners for outstanding investigative projects in the senior electrical engineering division.

Gonzalez also won the $ 1,000 Entergy’s Powering the Future Scholarship, awarded to a high school senior with an outstanding, promising project upon submitting a letter of admission to a college or university.

First place winner Delia Pirtle was recognized by the Emmy Noether Awards with the budding researcher scholarship. This $ 2,500 scholarship is awarded to a high school woman who shows passion and promise for scientific research.

The new Sci High building on Bienville St. 2011 (Mid-City Messenger Photo)

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