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More than 200 pupils participated in the science fair held at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, Alameda.
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32 schools participate in 8th annual science fair

Finalists and grand champions now have the option to continue to the Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair and the Contra Costa County Science and Engineering Fair after competing in the eighth annual Diocese of Oakland Science Fair presented by St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda on February 11. Thirty-two diocesan schools participated for a total of 209 students. Here are the categories, with finalists and grand champions, topic, their school and grade:

Biological Sciences

Finalists:

The anti-oxidant army, Cadence Saniel, Our Lady of Guadalupe School, Grade 7
Fingerprints and Inheritence, Spencer Hudacko, St. John the Baptist School (El Cerrito), Grade 8.

How much Ampicillin does it take to stop the growth of bacteria, Jai Dhawan, St. John School (San Lorenzo), Grade 8.

Killing Yeast, Natural vs. Prescription, Pierre Jolin, St. Perpetua School, Grade 7.

Effects of Light on Plant Growth, Waverly Salvador, St. Joseph School (Pinole), Grade 8.

Tourniquets: Seventh graders to the rescue, Scarlett Dawson, St. Joseph School (Alameda), Grade 7

The Bitter taste of genetics, Danielle Nader and Nicole Nader, St. Perpetua School, Grade 8.

Electrolytes, Paige Ebojo and Nathan Tosac, St. Patrick School, Grade 7.

Grand champion:

Finding the Best Orange Juice using Titration, Antonio Bayucan, St. Edward School, Grade:8.

Behavioral Sciences

Finalists:

True Colors: A study of implicit bias, Hannah Valencia, St. Edward School, Grade 7.
Sounds about right, Jessica Lewis, Our Lady of Guadalupe School, Grade 8.

Does the Use of Color Help with Memory, Chyler Quiteris, Holy Spirit School, Grade 7.

Is Physical Power Brain Power, William Towne, Our Lady of Grace School, Grade 8.

Grand champion:

How much time do you spend on the Internet, Michael Vieira, St. Michael School, Grade 7.

Environmental Sciences

Finalists:

Artificial Snow in Seconds, Hydeia Wysinger, St. Paul School, Grade 8.

The effects of oil spill on underwater ecosystems, Gabriel McCullough, St. John the Baptist School (El Cerrito), Grade 8.

Race to Biomass, Heather Hennigh, St. Philip Neri School, Grade 8.

Hydro Lettuce, Marcus Stich and Matthew Ruscio, Christ the King School, Grade 8.

Dew Traps: Harvesting water for the future, Brady Hormuth, St. Philip Neri School, Grade 7.

What can snails tell us about Lithium Batteries, Julia Mastracci, Corpus Christi School, Grade 7.

Solar powered Water Desalinator, Andrew Ong and Patrick Ong, Assumption School, Grade 8.

Grand champion:

Pulling Water out of Thin Air, Ian Dowd and Paul Verdickt, St. Philip Neri School, Grade 7.

Physical Sciences

Finalists:

Heat to Electricity, Nicole Abudayeh and Kylie Williamson, Christ the King School, Grade 7.

Does the color of an object affect the amount of radiant energy absorbed by that object, Chrisomaga Nlemigbo, St. Clement School, Grade 8.

Under Pressure, Annemarie Hancock, St. Isidore School, Grade 8.

The effects of calcium and vinegar on the process of bone decay, Adrian Alcantar, St. John the Baptist School (El Cerrito), Grade 7.

The Biomechanics of Pitching, Ryan Shimabukuro, St. Jerome School, Grade 8.

Flowing Electricity, Anthony Parker and Daniel Bauman, St. Isidore School, Grade 7.

Color IT Red, Naturally, Mallory Boell, School of the Madeleine, Grade 7.

Radiation Determination, Matthew Neves, St. Isidore School, Grade 7.

Stronger! Better! Faster! WiFi, Jason Tesfa, St. Bede School, Grade 7.

Radiation Attenuation, Nicholas Carrano, St. Michael School, Grade 7.

Grand champion:

Separating dyes using gel electrophoresis, Mike Kostolanski, St. Perpetua School, Grade 7.

Technology, Engineering and Math

Finalists:

Look, No Hands! Gregory Saldanha, School of the Madeleine, Grade 8.

Which wave does it go? Simi Lebetsamer and Erica Meyers, St. Patrick School, Grade 8.

Make it and Break it, Daniela Castillo, St. Isidore School, Grade 7.

Choosing Your Next Password, Isaac Bayani Cruz and Joshua Yalung, St. Edward School, Grade 7.

Through a different Lens, Benjamin Deviney, St. Isidore School, Grade 8.

Grand champion:

Codes of Nature, Csense Rekeczky, St. Jerome School, Grade 8.

 
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