Student projects receive awards at Tidewater Science and Engineering Fair

Posted: March 11, 2024

Newport News Public Schools students who advanced from this year's All-City event participated in the Tidewater Science and Engineering Fair on March 10 at the Old Dominion University Webb Center.

NNPS represented 23 of the 104 projects from the Tidewater Region, with the city's 28 participating students receiving a total of 26 awards. First place winners are eligible to advance to the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair April 13 at ODU Chartway Arena, and Thermo Fisher Outstanding Project Award winners are eligible to compete in the Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge national competition.

Tidewater Science and Engineering Fair Results 2024

Junior Division

Animal Sciences:

  • 1st Place: Kiari Diggs, Adam Muhammed-Riuz; Eat Fruit Before Fruit Flies Eat It for You; Ella Fitzgerald Middle School, Passage 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


  • 1st Place/ Thermofisher Outstanding Project Award: Stephanie Moreira-Quintero, Anita Sledge; The Effect of Different Sweeteners on the Rate of Cellular Respiration; Ella Fitzgerald Middle School
  • 2nd Place: Sahasra Vishwanathan; Store Bought vs. Natural Antibiotics; Crittenden Middle School


  • 1st Place: Henry Theriault; Which Bounces Higher: Cold or Warm Tennis Balls?; Gildersleeve Middle School

Computer Science

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

Engineering: Electrical and Mechanical

  • 1st Place/ Technology Award: Arthur Sudduth; The Viability of a Liquid-Submerged Computer and Its Efficiency Compared to Other Cooling Methods; Ella Fitzgerald Middle School
  • 2nd Place: Jaren Patterson; Potato Power: Gildersleeve Middle School

Environmental Management

  • 2nd Place/ 2nd Place American Water Works award/ 3rd American Society of Engineers: Ava Riordan; Keeping Our Water Clean; Gildersleeve Middle School
  • 3rd Place: Maxwell Malkin; The Effect of Objects and Materials on a Wi-Fi Router; Gildersleeve Middle School
  • Honorable Mention American Water Works award: Katelyn Federico; The Effect of Water Softeners on Roanoke Water Samples; Ella Fitzgerald Middle School

Medicine and Health Science

  • 1st Place: Martha-Ann Wells; The Tooth Comes Out-The Effect of pH on Tooth Decay; Hines Middle School

Physics and Astronomy

  • 2nd Place: Jackson Chenault; The Effect of Pressurized Air on Distance Bottle Rocket Travels; Gildersleeve Middle School

Senior Division


  • 2nd Place: Alexandria Christopher, Taryn Wheeler; The American Snack Crisis; Woodside High School
  • 3rd Place: Tamaya Landis and Stephanie Sawyer; Which Sports Drink Contains the Most Electrolytes?; Woodside High School

Earth and Planetary Sciences

  • 1st Place/ 3rd American Society of Engineers: Carissa Pringle; Soil Nitrogen Levels; Warwick High School

Energy and Transportation

  • 1st Place: Makayla Veney; Popsicle Madness; Woodside High School

Medicine and Health

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


  • 1st Place: John Steiner; Natural Antibiotics: A Study of the Antimicrobial Properties of Various Tannins on E. coli, Warwick High School
  • 3rd Place: Jaden Berry, Katie Dam; Enzyme pH on Time; Woodside High School