Greenwich High School students swept the 2015 Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair awards. One Central Middle School student also finished strong as a Finalist in the annual science fair. The Science Fair was held last week at Quinnipiac University, culminating in the awards ceremony on Saturday, March 14. The CT Science and Engineering Fair reviews approximately 560 projects from 160 schools across the state, grades 7-12.
This year, seventeen GHS students entered the science fair. Of these, thirteen were selected as fair finalists, and asked to defend their work on Thursday, March 12th. These thirteen students were vying for prizes that included five all-expense paid trips to Intel’s International Science & Engineering Fair, for the top five students in the fair.
GHS students earned over $15000 in prizes, including an unprecedented sweep of each of the five ISEF awards at this year’s state science fair. Greenwich High School has had a least one ISEF student for each of the past nine years, with more than twenty GHS students receiving the ISEF award during that time period. The 2015 ISEF awardees are Margaret Cirino, Olivia Hallisey, Ethan Novek, Reid Radulovacki and William Yin.
Additionally, four GHS students were selected to participate in the International Sustainable World Energy Engineering Environment Project Olympiad (I-SWEEEP) in early May in Houston, TX. The students invited to I-SWEEEP are Sophie Bardos, Margaret Cirino, Ethan Novek, and Nick Szabo.
Finally, Ethan Novek finished in 2nd Place in the 2015 CT Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, and was awarded $1500, and the opportunity to compete in the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in late April in Hunt Valley, MD.
Greenwich Public Schools’ single middle school Finalist in the 2015 CT Science and Engineering Fair is Bennett Hawley, an eighth grader from Central Middle School. Bennett was a 1st Honor Finalist, winning 5th place in the Physical Sciences Middle School category and an additional eight awards.
Bennett is a member of the Central Middle School Science Research Club, which was initiated and mentored by GHS students Margaret Cirino, Emma Goodman, Spencer Matonis, and Max Minichetti. The high school students mentor and guide the middle school students through the science research process.