Student projects showcased at All-City Science, Engineering, and Technology Fair

Posted: January 30, 2024

The NNPS 43rd Annual All-City Science, Engineering, and Technology Fair was held January 27 at Woodside High School.

More than 80 students exhibited 58 projects representing 15 categories of science. Projects were judged by over 30 judges from various professional organizations in the city. NASA Langley Research Center, Jefferson Lab, Virginia Living Museum, The Mariners' Museum, Riverside Health Systems, Christopher Newport University, Norfolk State University and numerous others were represented by the judges.

All first and second place winners are eligible to compete at the Tidewater Science and Engineering Fair to be held March 10 at Old Dominion University's Webb Center.

Animal Science:

  • 1st Place: Kiari Diggs, Adam Muhammed- Riuz; Eat Fruit Before Fruit Flies Eat It for You; Ella Fitzgerald Middle School, Passage Middle School
  • 2nd Place: Aubrey Lee; Cats VS. Dogs: Which One is Better?; Crittenden Middle School

Behavioral and Social Sciences:

  • 1st Place: Noah Shenk; Video Game Science: How Does Clicks per Second Vary Between Gamers and Non- Gamers?; Point Option/Virtual Learning Academy
  • 2nd Place: Kristopher Harris; Heartrates and Music-Will Different Genres of Music Affect a Person's HR?; Hines Middle School
  • 3rd Place: Isaac Best; Reaction Time; Gildersleeve Middle School
  • Honorable Mention: Jack Gorton, Brandon Diongzon; The Effect of Music on Short Term Memory; Menchville High School


  • 1st Place: Anita Sledge, Stephanie Moreira Quintero; The Effect of Different Sweeteners on the Rate of Cellular Respiration; Ella Fitzgerald Middle School

Biomedical and Health Sciences

  • 1st place: Martha Ann Wells; The Tooth Comes Out-The Effect of pH on Tooth Decay; Hines Middle School
  • 2nd Place: Sahasra Vishwanathan; Store Bought vs. Natural Antibiotics; Crittenden Middle School
  • 3rd place: Chesna Stisser; Can Color Affect Heart Rate?; Gildersleeve Middle School
  • Honorable Mention: Jane Feng, Lyla Garcia; What Form of Tylenol Dissolves the Fastest?; Passage Middle School

Senior Division:

  • Phoenix Smith, Elizabeth McElfresh, Sydni Harsley; Effect of FD&C Red No. 3 on Daphnia Magna Reproduction; Menchville High School

Cellular and Molecular Biology

  • Honorable Mention: Jarett Stephes, Oscar Davila; Repercussions of Sodium Chloride Exposure on Escherichia coli; Menchville High School
  • Aric Ruks, Laura Giles, Briana Mitchell; Effectiveness of SPF in the Protection Against UV Rays; Menchville High School


Junior Division

  • 1st Place: Henry Theriault; Which Bounces Higher: Cold or Warm Tennis Balls?; Gildersleeve Middle School
  • 2nd Place: Delaney Balingit; Melting Time of Different Types of Ice Cream; Gildersleeve Middle School
  • 3rd Place: Carter Watson; Which Fan Favorite Drink Melts the Fastest?; Gildersleeve Middle School

Senior Division

  • 1st Place: Tamaya Landis and Stephanie Sawyer; Which Sports Drink Contains the Most Electrolytes?; Woodside High School
  • 2nd Place: Alexandria Christopher, Taryn Wheeler; The American Snack Crisis; Woodside High School

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Junior Division

  • 1st Place: Ava Riordan; Keeping Our Water Clean; Gildersleeve Middle School
  • 2nd Place: Katelyn Federico; The Effect of Water Softeners on Roanoke Water Samples; Ella Fitzgerald Middle School
  • 3rd Place: Sayra Melara- Ramirez, Adrian Long; Land and Water-The Reflection and Absorption of the Sun's Energy' Huntington Middle School

Senior Division

  • 1st Place: Hali Willis; Microplastics On Our Beaches: The Things We Can't See; Woodside High School
  • 2nd Place: Carissa Pringle; Soil Nitrogen Levels; Warwick High School

Energy: Sustainable Materials and Design

Junior Division

  • 1st Place: Jared Patterson; Potato Power: Gildersleeve Middle School
  • 2nd Place: Jacob Buszard; Which Burns Better? A HOT Debate; Hines Middle School

Senior Division

  • 1st Place: Joel Bethea; Rock, Paper, Scissors; Point Option/Virtual Learning Academy
  • 2nd Place: Makayla Veney; Popsicle Madness; Woodside High School

Engineering Technology: Statistics and Dynamics

Junior Division

  • 1st Place:Arthur Sudduth; The Effect of a Liquid-Submerged Computer and Its Effects Compared to Other Cooling Methods; Ella Fitzgerald Middle School
  • 2nd Place: Maxwell Malkin; The Effect of Objects and Materials on a Wi-Fi Router; Gildersleeve Middle School
  • 3rd Place: Aiden Carter; Drone: Aerodynamics; Passage Middle School

Senior Division

  • 1st Place; Myna Chassard, Nolan Stuffel, Thomas Harrington; How Different Airfoil Designs Affect Lift; Menchville High School
  • 2nd Place; Katrina Rush; Fin Flight; Woodside High School


  • 1st Place: Abby Watson; GOAL! Shooting Accuracy Based on Different Angles; Gildersleeve Middle School


  • 1st Place: Jaden Berry, Katie Dam; Enzyme pH on Time; Woodside High School
  • 2nd Place: Kassey Daugherty, Cheyenne Stalter; The Effect of Tea Tree Oil on Common Skin Diseases Associated with Wrestling; Menchville High School
  • 3rd Place: Bruce Hitt, Keira Smith, Michael Jones, Riley Barad; How Effective are Disinfectants on Inhibiting the Growth of E.coli?; Menchville High School

Physics and Astronomy

Junior Division

  • 1st Place-First Place Winners received a physics library from Jefferson Labs
    Jackson Chenault; The Effect of Pressurized Air on Distance Bottle Rocket Travels; Gildersleeve Middle School
  • 2nd Place: Evan Gendreau; How Far Does a Soccer Ball Go with Different Amounts of Air?; Passage Middle School

Senior Division

  • 1st Place (tie); Soha Hooda, Aric Matthews; Distance of Launch vs Catapult Angle; Warwick High School
  • Elisa Haque; Ready for Departure; Woodside High School

Plant Sciences

  • 1st Place: Alexis Mosley; Aquatic Plants vs pH; Warwick High School
  • 2nd Place: Rudolph Vazquez-Lozada; The Decomposition of an Apple; Warwick High School

Robotics and Intelligent Machines

  • 1st place: Vanessa Cox, Dylan (Spencer) Jenkins; Tyler the AI Search Engine for WikiLinks; Ella Fitzgerald Middle School