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Annual Meeting and Competition 2017:

Middle School

1st Place, Behavioral Science

Martina Banas

Millennium Charter Academy

2nd Place, Behavioral Science

Athena Murray

Hanger Hall School for Girls
3rd Place, Behavioral Science Jaime Hernandez Cranberry Middle School

1st Place, Biological Science I

Pascale Hunter

Hanger Hall School for Girls

2nd Place, Biological Science I

Annmarie Lawing

Gaston Christian Middle School

3rd Place, Biological Science I

A.J. Kochuba

Mills Park Middle

1st Place, Biological Science II Caroline Johnson Mount Mourne IB
2nd Place, Biological Science II Luke Ramsdell Valle Crucis School
3rd Place, Biological Science II Mikayla Reep Avery Middle School

1st Place, Biological Science -  Adv

Aakriti Lakshmanan

Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy

2nd Place, Biological Science - Adv

Anushka Chalmeti

Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy

1st Place, Biotechnology 

Alexandra Lostetter

Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy

2nd Place, Biotechnology Janvi Barve Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy
1st Place, Biotechnology - Adv Hrishika Roychoudhury Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy

1st Place, Chemistry

Akhilesh Shivaramakrishnan

JN Fries Magnet School

Naval Science Award, Chemistry Alana Driver Mount Mourne IB

2nd Place, Chemistry

Ava Cutlip, Emily Olivia Gray

Blowing Rock School

3rd Place, Chemistry

Joshua Vincent

Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy
1st Place, Chemistry - Adv Anushka Kulkarni Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy

1st Place, Earth/Space

Brook Cheuvront

Avery Middle School

1st Place, Environmental Science 

Emma Kitchin

Avery Middle School

Naval Science Award, Environmental Science 

Paige Cook

Mount Mourne

2nd Place, Environmental Science 

Quinten Onder, Joey Leupold, Alex Solari Blessed Sacrament School

3rd Place, Environmental Science 

Eleanor Arcaro-Burbrige, Patricia Tayn, Caden Troutman

Blessed Sacrament School

1st Place, Environmental Science 

Cameron Shaw

Millennium Charter Academy

1st Place, Mathematics

Chance Mastin

East Wilkes Middle School

2nd Place, Mathematics

Madison Ramsey

Liberty Middle School

1st Place, Physics

Srikar Kavirayuni, Emmanuel Lopez

Blessed Sacrament School

2nd Place, Physics

Joseph Jordan

Avery Middle School

3rd Place, Physics Nathan Amyot, Noah Goodman Blessed Sacrament School

1st Place, Technology/Engineering

Shrika Renganathan

Metrolina Regioanl Scholars Academy

2nd Place, Technology/Engineering

Madison Lawson

Millennium Charter Academy

3rd Place, Technology/Engineering Varsha Venkatapathy Mills Park Middle School

High School

1st Place, Behavioral Science

Gabrielle Adams

NCSSM

2nd Place, Behavioral Science

Cullen Duval, Emma Dauster, Kylie

Brevard High School

3rd Place, Behavioral Science

Dannis Cazarez, Courtland Hardy

Surry Early College High School

1st Place, Biological Science - Adv I

Aarushi Patil

Cox Mill High School

2nd Place, Biological Science - Adv I

Sreekar Mantena NCSSM

3rd Place, Biological Science - Adv I

Aneesh Agarwal

NCSSM
1st Place, Biological Science - Adv II Rennica Huang East Chapel Hill High School
2nd Place, Biological Science - Adv II Neil Palkar Marvin Ridge High School
3rd Place, Biological Science - Adv II Jessica Chen, Billy Ngo, Lu Cao NCSSM

1st Place, Biological Science - I

Patel Rohan

NCSSM

2nd Place, Biological Science - I

Poche Elise, Emily Trusler

Brevard High School

3rd Place, Biological Science - I

Brown Bain, Nicole Rideout

Brevard High School

1st Place, Biological Science - II

Sara Megown

Brevard High School

2nd Place, Biological Science - II

Andrea Esparza

Stuart W. Cramer High School

3rd Place, Biological Science - II

Helen Li, Sara Campbell

NCSSM

1st Place, Biotechnology

Bryce Spradlin, Hannah Lemel, Aidan

Brevard Senior High

1st Place, Biotechnology - Adv

Sophia Luo

NCSSM

2nd Place, Biotechnology - Adv

Sruti Valluru Wake Early College of Health and Sciences
3rd Place, Biotechnology - Adv Navami Jain Myers Park High School

1st Place, Chemistry

Ana Ratanaphruks

Wake STEM Early College High School
Naval Science Award, Chemistry Jack Bevard Millennium Charter Academy

2nd Place, Chemistry

Aidan Betz, Camryn Greene

Avery High School

3rd Place, Chemistry Emily Liu East Chapel Hill High School
1st Place, Chemistry - Adv Grace LaBue, Alexandra Thomas Stuart W. Cramer High School
2nd Place, Chemistry - Adv Nithin Ragunathan Marvin Ridge High School
3rd Place, Chemistry - Adv Kenny Hoang NCSSM

1st Place, Computer Science

Koushik Sridhar

Ardrey Kell High School

Naval Science Award, Computer Science Arun Sarma William G. Enloe High School

2nd Place, Computer Science

Rahi Patel

Marvin Ridge High School

3rd Place, Computer Science

Emily Wang

William G. Enloe High School

1st Place, Computer Science - Adv

Kireet Panuganti

NCSSM

1st Place, Earth/Space Alex Eberhardt, Hunter Chase Bishop Brevard High School
2nd Place, Earth Space Grace Schwebke, Annelise Haizlip Avery High Viking Academy
1st Place, Earth/Space - Adv. Andrew Chun William G. Enloe High School
2nd Place, Earth/Space - Adv. Josh McClellan, Lane Johnson Avery High School

1st Place, Environmental Science

John Nguyen, Matthew Bailey

Brevard High School

2nd Place, Environmental Science

Mrinal Chanshetty

Audrey Kell High School

3rd Place, Environmental Science

Anna Gibbons, Alayna Smith

Millennium Charter Academy

1st Place, Environmental Science Julia Yan William G. Enloe High School
Naval Science Award, Environmental Science Carson Hendrix Stuart W. Cramer High School
2nd Place Environmental Science Rebecca Nixon, Emmily Mobley Stuart W. Cramer High School
3rd Place Environmental Science Haley Daniels, Cassie Bailey, Sophia Avery County High School

1st Place, Mathematics

Daniel Haller, Jainith Patel, Ashwin

Marvin Ridge High School

2nd Place, Mathematics Ava Erfani, Ashely Riley, Katie Marvin Ridge High School
3rd Place, Mathematics Abel Flores Ramirez Avery High STEM Academy

1st Place, Physics

Anthony Ayers, Bryce Jaynes

Avery County STEM Academy

2nd Place, Physics Nathan Suri Concord IB / NCSSM Online
3rd Place, Physics Thomas Paris, Rylie Daniels Avery County High School

1st Place, Physics - Adv

Ella Castelloe

NCSSM

2nd Place, Physics - Adv Sunny Zhang Providence High School
3rd Place, Physics - Adv Tejas Pruthi Mallard Creek High School

1st Place, Technology/Engineering

Davy Fields

Avery High STEM Academy

2nd Place, Technology/Engineering

Sarah Shepherd

Millennium Charter Academy

3rd Place, Technology/Engineering

Fritz Ruppert, Samuel Ballard

Brevard High School

1st Place, Technology/Engineering - Adv

Daniel Shen

William G. Enloe High School

2nd Place, Technology/Engineering - Adv

Kevin Jin

NCSSM

 

Annual Meeting and Competition 2016:

Middle School

1st Place, Behavioral Science

Faith Atkins, Leah Reed

Avery Middle School

2nd Place, Behavioral Science

Anna Banas

Millennium Charter Academy

1st Place, Biological Science

Shantika Ramsingh

Mount Mourne School

2nd Place, Biological Science

Sophia Banner

Avery Middle School

3rd Place, Biological Science

Margaret Gourley

Mount Mourne School

1st Place, Biological Science - Adv

Emmily Mobley

Belmont Middle School

2nd Place, Biological Science - Adv

Dorian Gregory

Liberty Middle School

1st Place, Biotechnology - Adv

Rekha Bhatia

Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy

1st Place, Chemistry

Jack Bevard

Millennium Charter Academy

2nd Place, Chemistry

Ashni Patel

Porter Ridge Middle School

3rd Place, Chemistry

Eleanor Conner

Hanger Hall

1st Place, Earth/Space

Brook Cheuvront

Avery Middle School

2nd Place, Earth/Space

Aaron Brand

Lowes Grove Magnet Middle School

1st Place, Environmental Science - Adv

Cameron Shaw

Millennium Charter Academy

1st Place, Environmental Science I

Ashley Lamb

Cary Classical Arts & Sciences Academy

2nd Place, Environmental Science I

Meeta Sindagi

Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy

3rd Place, Environmental Science I

Cassie Bailey

Avery Middle School

1st Place, Environmental Science II

Joshua Vincent

Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy

2nd Place, Environmental Science II

Shrika Renganathan

Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy

3rd Place, Environmental Science II

Kaylin Miller

Mount Mourne

1st Place, Physics

Ritika Tejwani

  Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy

2nd Place, Physics

John Driver

Mt. Mourne

1st Place, Technology/Engineering

William Marshall

Millennium Charter Academy

2nd Place, Technology/Engineering

Alayna Smith

Millennium Charter Academy

High School

1st Place, Behavioral Science

Daniel Haller, Jainith Patel

Marvin Ridge High School

2nd Place, Behavioral Science

Emily Lee

NCSSM

3rd Plae, Behavioral Science

Candace Britt, Sarah Branagan

Brevard High School

1st Place, Biological Science - Adv

Seokgyu Hong, Rohan Reddy, Michelle Roh

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

2nd Place, Biological Science - Adv

Aarushi Patil

Cox Mill High School

3rd Place, Biological Science - Adv

Kyle Rhodes

East Gaston HS

1st Place, Biological Science - I

Angela Deng, Shiaoching Tse

NC School of Science and Math

2nd Place, Biological Science - I

Justin Savage

NC School of Science and Math

3rd Place, Biological Science - I

Emily Zheng

NCSSM

1st Place, Biological Science - II

Selina Brown, Ingrid Findlay

Brevard High School

2nd Place, Biological Science - II

Nandan Patel

NCSSM

3rd Place, Biological Science - II

Elisabeth Kitchen

Avery County High

1st Place, Biotechnology

Carver Nichols

Brevard High School

2nd Place, Biotechnology

Bryce Spradlin, Lauren Tooley

Brevard High School

3rd Place, Biotechnology

Brinda Sarathy

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

1st Place, Biotechnology - Adv

Amrita Malur

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

2nd Place, Biotechnology - Adv

Navami Jain

Myers Park High School

1st Place, Chemistry

Wyatt Jernigan, Youngmin Shin

NCSSM

2nd Place, Chemistry

Bain Brown, Nicole Rideout, John Nguyen

Brevard High School

1st Place, Computer Science

Nathaniel Hardy

Avery HS

2nd Place, Computer Science

Rahi Patel

Marvin Ridge High School

3rd Place, Computer Science

Arun Sarma

Enloe Magnet High School

1st Place, Computer Science - Adv

Mridu Nanda

North Carolina School of Science and Math

1st Place, Environmental Science

Elizabeth Yang, Sarah Perkins

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

2nd Place, Environmental Science

Hannah Field, Sam Lemel, Aidan Spradlin

Brevard High School

3rd Place, Environmental Science

Claire Liu, Nimisha Pant

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

1st Place, Mathematics

Sreeram Venkat

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

1st Place, Physics

Coleman Bailey III, Spencer Dearmin

Avery County High School

1st Place, Physics - Adv

Sunny Zhang

Providence High

1st Place, Technology/Engineering

Hunter Bishop, James Thompson

Brevard High School

2nd Place, Technology/Engineering

Renzo Benavides

NCSSM

3rd Place, Technology/Engineering

Michael Carter, Kenny Hoang, Karl Westendorff

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

1st Place, Technology/Engineering - Adv

Emily Wang

Enloe High School

2nd Place, Technology/Engineering - Adv

Dory Li

North Carolina School of Science and Math

3rd Place, Technology/Engineering - Adv

Linus Jacobs

Levine Middle College High School

 

Annual Meeting and Competition 2013:

The 2013 NC Student Academy of Science Annual Meeting and State Competition was held Friday, March 15th. The keynote presentation was by Dr. Robert Lefkowitz, James B.Duke Professor of Medicine at Duke University and a 2012 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. For the 146 student researchers, their sponsors and families, it was an extraordinary opportunityto hear about science and research from a distinguished scientist in the tradition of other recent keynote speakers at the State Meeting, including Nobel Laureates Peter Agre and Oliver Smithies, plus JoAnn Burkholder, Joe DeSimone, Erich Jarvis and Mary Schweitzer.

Some of the papers presented by the students, as always, had more than one author, so that there were 113 presentations. First, second and third place in each category were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals, respectively. First place winners additionally received an invitation to travel expenses-paid to present their research at the American Junior Academy of Science meeting at Chicago. IL in February, 2014; and invitations to a dinner April 27th honoring them and other award-winning science students sponsored by the NC Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Center. Second place winners were invited to attend the NC Academy of Science Annual Meeting held April 5th and 6th. Other awards included U.S. Navy awards and the BioGeneius competition. In addition, the Charles Lytle Scholarship was presented to Asha Bethea. In addition, student papers presented at the State Competition were invited to appear in the first edition of the NCSAS Proceedings, to be available online in June 2013.

The competition was judged by 55 active and retired research professionals from state agencies, educational institutions, and businesses in the Triangle. Students were given the chance to meet with the judges over dinner after the competition to get additional feedback about their projects and learn about the science interests of the judges. Two teachers were recognized with NCSAS Teacher Recognition Awards: Jennifer Williams of Brevard High School and Pamela Pate of E.B. Frink Middle School.

Elections were held to choose student officers for 2012-13. High School President-elect Sam Christensen becomes President. Jenny Wang was chosen as High School President-elect, and the Middle School President is Rhea Bhagia.

Annual Meeting and Competition 2012:

The 2012 NC Student Academy of Science Annual Meeting and State Competition was held Friday, March 23rd. The keynote presentation was by Dr. David Haase, Professor of Physics at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and founder of The Science House, for K-12 outreach to promote hands-on, inquiry based learning in science and math. Dr. Haase is the recipient of the Alexander Holladay Medal for Excellence, the highest honor thet NCSU can award to a faculty member. For the 141 student researchers, their sponsors and families, it was an extraordinary opportunity to hear about science and research from a distinguished scientist in the tradition of other recent keynote speakers at the State Meeting, including Peter Agre, JoAnn Burkholder, Joe DeSimone, Erich Jarvis, Mary Schweitzer and Oliver Smities. There is more information available about Dr. Haase at http://www.physics.ncsu.edu/people/faculty_haase.html.

The students made 105 presentations of their research. First, second and third place in each category were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals, respectively. First place winners additionally received an invitation to travel expenses-paid to present their research at the American Junior Academy of Science meeting at Vancouver British Columbia February, 2012. 15 students accepted that invitation and made the trip to represent NCSAS and the State of North Carolina, the largest delegation we have ever sent to that meeting. Other awards included U.S. Navy awards and recognition by the state chapter of the American Chemical Society and the Stockholm Junior Water Prize Competition. In addition, the Charles Lytle Scholarship was presented to Jordan Lancaster. All presenting students received the new conference tee shirt, designed by Mr. Juan Scivally, Art Instructor at NCSSM. In addition to the presenters, more than 20 middle and high school students attended as observers. We expect to see most of them back next year as presenters.

The competition was judged by approximately 50 active and retired professionals from state agencies, educational institutions, and businesses in the Triangle. Students were given the chance to meet with the judges over dinner after the competition to get additional feedback about their projects and learn about the science interests of the judges. Two teachers were recognized with NCSAS Teacher Recognition Awards: Barrington Ross and Bethany Shepherd.

Elections were held to choose student officers for 2012-13. High School President-elect Emmie Cassell becomes President. Sam Christensen was chosen as High School President-elect, and the new Middle School President is Ronak Bhagia.

Annual Meeting and Competition 2011:

The 2011 NC Student Academy of Science Annual Meeting and State Competition was held Friday, March 25th. The keynote presentation was by Dr. Erich Jarvis, Associate Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the Duke University Medical Center.  Dr. Jarvis gave a highly informative and engaging lecture on the neurobiology and evolution of vocal communication.  For the 152 student researchers, their sponsors and families, it was an extraordinary opportunity to hear about developments in one of the most rapidly growing and fascinating fields of science.  There is more information available about Dr. Jarvis and his research at http://www.jarvislab.net/

The students made 102 presentations of their research, and there were another 20 posters in a poster competition, which was a new addition to the State Competition this year.  First, second and third place in each category were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals, respectively. First place winners additionally received an invitation to travel expenses-paid to present their research at the American Junior Academy of Science meeting at Vancouver British Columbia February, 2012. Other awards included U.S. Navy awards and recognition by the state chapter of the American Chemical Society and the Stockholm Junior Water Prize Competition.  In addition, the Charles Lytle Scholarship was presented to LaManuel White.  All presenting students received the new conference tee shirt, designed by Mr. Juan Scivally, Art Instructor at NCSSM.  In addition to the presenters, more than 20 middle and high school students attended as observers.  We expect to see most of them back next year as presenters.

The competition was judged by 47 active and retired professionals from state agencies, educational institutions, and businesses in the Triangle. Students were given the chance to meet with the judges over dinner after the competition to get additional feedback about their projects and learn about the science interests of the judges. Two teachers were recognized with NCSAS Teacher Recognition Awards: Courtney Blake of Durham Hillside High School and Gwendolyn Gibbs of Frink Middle School in Kinston, NC.

Elections were held to choose student officers for 2011-12.  2010-11 High School President-elect Isabella Gillespie becomes President.  Emma Cassell was chosen as High School President-elect, and the new Middle School President is Anne Blythe Davis.

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2010 Annual Meeting and Competition

The 2010 NC Student Academy of Science Annual Meeting and State Competition was held Friday, March 26th. The keynote presentation was by Dr. Joe DiSimone, Chancellor's Eminent Professor of Chemistry at UNC-Chapel Hill and William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at NC State. His talk was entitled "Nanomaterials: Bench to Market. Using the Fabrication Technologies from the Microelectronics Industry To Make Highly Uniform, Shape-Specific Carriers for Drug Delivery and Vaccines." For the 160 student researchers, their sponsors and families, it was an extraordinary opportunity to hear a highly respected researcher and prolific inventor describe the process of conceiving and developing ideas, then turning them into products that help shape the way we live. Dr. Joe DiSimone speaks in an interview on Local Tech Wire about his March 26th keynote address at http://localtechwire.com/business/local_tech_wire/biotech/blogpost/8624553/.

The students made 90 presentations describing the results of their scientific investigations. First, second and third place in each category were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals, respectively. First place winners additionally received an invitation to travel expenses-paid to present their research at the American Junior Academy of Science meeting at Washington, DC in February, 2011. Other awards included U.S. Navy awards and the Charles Lytle Scholarship, which was presented to Zach Williford. All students received the new conference tee shirt, designed by Mr. Juan Scivally, Art Instructor at NCSSM.

The competition was judged by 50 active and retired professionals from state agencies, educational institutions, and businesses in the Triangle. Students were given the chance to meet with the judges over dinner after the competition to get additional feedback about their projects and learn about the science interests of the judges. Two teachers were recognized with NCSAS Teacher Recognition Awards: Coleman Bailey, Jr. of D.H. Conley High School in Greenville, and Lynn Gregory of Camden Middle School in Camden, NC.

Elections were held to choose student officers for 2010-11. They were High School President Shinobi Sidberry, High School President-elect Isabella Gillespie, and Middle School President Jake Nester.

2009 Annual Meeting and Competition

The 2009 NC Student Academy of Science Annual Meeting and State Competitions was held Friday, March 27th. The keynote presentation was by Dr. Oliver Smithies, Nobel Laureate and Excellence Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. For the 230 student researchers, their sponsors and families, Dr. Smithies described in a colorful and engaging way his research and the many factors that have contributed to his discoveries in science.

The students made 172 presentations describing the results of their scientific investigations. First, second and third place in each category were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals, respectively. First place winners additionally received an invitation to participate in a poster presentation and recognition event at the NC Academy of Science meeting at Warren Wilson College on April 4, 2009. All students received the new conference tee shirt, designed by Mr. Juan Scivally, Art Instructor at NCSSM.

The competition was judged by approximately 50 professionals from state agencies, educational institutions, and businesses in the Triangle. Students were given the chance to meet with the judges over dinner after the competition to get additional feedback about their projects and learn about the science interests of the judges. Two teachers were recognized with NCSAS Teacher Recognition Awards: Rob Halpern of Millennium Charter Academy and William Hendrickson Halifax High School.

Several students were nominated for officer positions at the meeting. The election will be by email ballot and the results announced later.

2008 Annual State Meeting/Competition

The 2008 NC Student Academy of Science Annual Meeting and State Competitions was held on Friday, March 14th. The keynote presentation was by Dr. Mary Schweizer, Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, NC State University, and NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Her presentation dealt with her paleontological discoveries on the phylogentic relationships and probable life history characteristics of dinosaurs.

There were approximately 170 middle school and high school student participants. They made 150 presentations describing the results of their scientific investigations. First place in each category was awarded a handsome plaque from Sigma Xi The Scientific Research Society, a CD on how to prepare a poster for a science competition, and an invitation to participate in a poster presentation and recognition event at the NC Academy of Science meeting, UNC-Greensboro, on March 29, 2008. Second place winners received a trophy and a gift subscription to a science magazine. Third place winners received a trophy and a science book. All students received a the new conference tee shirt, designed by Mr. Juan Scivally, Art Instructor at NCSSM.

The competition was judged by approximately 50 professionals from state agencies, educational institutions, and businesses in the Triangle. Students were given the chance to meet with the judges over dinner after the competition to get additional feedback about their projects and learn about the science interests of the judges. In addition to the category awards, the following students were awarded expense-paid trips to Chicago for the 2009 American Junior Academy of Science and American Association for the Advancement of Science meetings: Amy Kim, Eric Li, Camille McGirt, Shivani Sud and Charnelle Wilson. Named as alternates for this award were Nancy Yang (1st alternate), Eve Savage (2nd alternate), Amanda Reams (3rd alternate) and Austin Garrido and Jialiya Huang (4th alternates). Bradley Howard was nominated to receive the annual $1,000.00 Charles Lytle College Scholarship. Two teachers were recognized with NCSAS Teacher Recognition Awards, Heather Turano of Metrolina Scholars Academy and Sue Purser of D.H. Conley High School. Finally, a Special Recognition Award for Contributions to Student Scientific Research was given to Dr. Rochelle Schwartz-Bloom and Dr. Suzanne Sikes of Duke University

Several students were nominated for officer positions at the meeting. The election will be by email ballot and the results announced later.

 

2007 Annual State Meeting/Competition

The 2007 NC Student Academy of Science Annual Meeting and State Competitions was held on Friday, March 23rd.  The agenda included registration and the annual business meeting as well as paper presentations, keynote address, and awards ceremony, all on Friday. The event was structured to allow students to participate in the Student Academy Competition on Friday and the State Science Fair at Meredith College in Raleigh on Saturday.  The keynote presentation was by Dr. JoAnn Burkholder,Associate Professor of Aquatic Botany and Marine Sciences, NC State University.  Her presentation dealt with how scientists design experiments to learn the secrets of the natural world and many of the remarkable things they have learned.

There were 105 middle school and high school student participants. They made 90 presentations in 16 different categories describing the results of their scientific investigations. First place in each category was awarded a handsome plaque, a science magazine subscription and a CD on how to prepare a poster for a science competition. Second and third place winners received a medal and a gift card or a science book.  Honorable Mention projects were recognized with a ribbon.  All students received a certificate and the new conference tee shirt, an especially popular original design by Mr. Juan Scivally, Art Instructor at NCSSM.

The competition was judged by 35 professionals from state agencies, educational institutions, and businesses in the Triangle. Many of the judges returned from the 2006 competition and have expressed interest in judging again in 2008. Students were given the chance to meet with the judges over dinner after the competition to get additional feedback about their projects and learn about the science interests of the judges.
In addition to the category awards, the following students were awarded expense-paid trips to Boston for the 2008 American Junior Academy of Science and American Association for the Advancement of Science meetings:  Lena Alston, Kelly Bleaking, Abhiram Chivukula, Elizabeth Deerhake, Alisha Lee, Mike Mian, Anna Parker, Thomas Shanklin, Shivani Sud, and Liyuan Yang.  Thomas Shanklin received the annual $1,000.00 Charles Lytle College Scholarship. Finally, two teachers were recognized with NCSAS Teacher Recognition Awards, Samantha Barlow of The Oakwood School in Greenville and Brian Wood of Raleigh Enloe High School.

The following officers were nominated at the meeting and elected by email ballot afterward:  President Eli Hornstein, President Elect Ford Moore, and Secretary Aakash Indurkhya.

2006 Annual State Meeting/Competition

The 2006 NC Student Academy of Science Annual Meeting and State Competition was held on Friday, March 24th. The agenda included registration and the annual business meeting as well as paper presentations, keynote address, and awards ceremony, all on Friday. The event was structured to allow students to participate in the Student Academy Competition on Friday and the State Science Fair at Meredith College in Raleigh on Saturday.

The keynote presentation was by Dr. Peter Agre, M.D., Nobel Laureate, Vice Chancellor for Science and Technology, Professor of Cell Biology, and Professor of Medicine in the Duke University School of Medicine. In “Cellular Plumbing Systems and the Nobel Prize,” he described the process by which he and a global network of top scientists have elucidated the function of aquaporin, a series of proteins that regulate the movement of water into and out of cells.

There were 70 middle school and high school student participants. They made 55 presentations in 17 different categories describing the results of their scientific investigations. First place in each category was awarded a handsome plaque and a gift certificate. Second and third place winners received a science magazine subscription and/or a science book. All students received a certificate and the new conference tee shirt, an especially popular item designed by Mr. Juan Scivally, Art Instructor at NCSSM.

The competition was judged by almost 50 professionals from state agencies, educational institutions, and businesses in the Triangle. Many of the judges returned from the 2005 competition and have expressed interest in judging again in 2007. Students were given the chance to meet with the judges over dinner after the competition to get additional feedback about their projects and learn about the science interests of the judges.

In addition to the category awards, students were recognized with cash awards from the 2007 NC Academy of Science meeting. Eli Hornstein, Elizabeth Liles and Sagar Indurkhya were awarded expense-paid trips to San Francisco for the 2007 the U.S. Navy and invitations to attend American Junior Academy of Science and American Association for the Advancement of Science meetings. Kimberly Dixon received the annual $1,000.00 Charles Lytle College Scholarship. Finally, two teachers were recognized with NCSAS Teacher Recognition Awards, Rob Halpern of Piney Grove Middle School and Myra Halpin of the NC School of Science and Mathematics.

Behavioral Science Daniel Haller, Jainith Patel Marvin Ridge High School