Rocky Fork Enterprise

Gahanna science students score big

Three Gahanna Lincoln High School Science Academy students scored big at the prestigious Ohio Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Bowling Green.

Mallory Rowan won first place and $50 in the poster competition for her project on the effects of garcinol on stem cells.

Ryan Richards won fifth place and $250 in the paper presentation competition for the development of a prototype ballast system for use in remotely operated vehicle navigation and qualified as a delegate for the national Junior Science and Humanities Symposiumin May.

Evren Gokcen won third place and $1,000 for his paper on adaptive targeting systems and will present his project in the poster competition at the National JSHS.

The regional OJSHS in Bowling Green annually brings together some of the best paper and poster projects in Ohio. Gahanna Lincoln Academy has qualified students as delegates for the national competition the last three years, but this is the first year more than one student has been in the top five and the first time a student will actually compete for prizes in the national event.

Gahanna students Zak Binns, Brandon Muschlitz, Dan Radomski and Clare Bacon also presented papers or posters at the symposium, highlighting research projects they developed in Fred Donelson's Special Aspects class. Donelson is the Gahanna Science Academy coordinator.

March and April continue to be busy months for Donelson and his students. Papers currently are being judged for the Columbus Technical Council Awards banquet later this month, and Donelson has two underwater robotics teams preparing for the MATE regional competition in a couple of weeks.