Holt, Timberland Students Receive Awards at Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Wentzville School District Students in Regional Science and Engineering Fair
Wentzville School District students in the Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Photo courtesy Wentzville School District

Students from the Wentzville School District competed in the high school portion of Missouri’s Tri-County Regional Science and Engineering Fair held at Holt High School on Saturday, February 25.

Holt junior Abigail (Abby) Hunt received overall first place in the Honors Division for her project “Investigation into Arabidopsis Thaliana Circadian Systems” and will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles, CA May 8-13. Abby was also awarded the U.S. Air Force Certificate of Achievement Award and the Office of Naval Research Naval Science Award.

Timberland junior Nikolos Antonio received runner-up in the Honors Division and overall first place in the ISWEEP Division for his project “Use of Random Forests to Implement a Sign-Language Recognition in Real Time.” He will advance to compete at the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, and Environment Project Olympiad held in Houston, TX May 3-8. Nikolos was also awarded the Office of Naval Research Naval Science Award.

Timberland senior Connor Monahan won third place overall for his project “Predicting the Presence of Cancer in Medical Images using Convolutional Neural Networks.” Connor was also awarded the Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award, the Mu Alpha Theta Award, the Yale Science and Engineering Association Most Outstanding Exhibit Award, and the U.S. Air Force Certificate of Achievement Award.

Fourth place went to Holt senior Matt Brawner for his project “Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Myeloma Cell Proliferation in C57BI6/KaLwRij Mice” and he also received the U.S. Air Force Certificate of Achievement Award.

Other awards included: Timberland senior Kya Vaughn won the Most Outstanding Exhibit in Materials Science Award, Holt senior Mikaela Morgan received the American Psychological Association Award, Holt senior Mason McGee received the U.S. Metric Society Award and Holt senior Dawson Bickel earned the In Vitro Biology Award.