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GLHS Science Academy dominates at CTC awards

Students from the Gahanna Lincoln High School Science Academy continued a winning tradition at the 2013 Columbus Technical Council awards banquet.

Each year students from all over the central region of Ohio submit papers of significant scientific research to the Columbus Technical Council for review and to receive recognition for their work.

GLHS Science Academy's Clare Bacon won the American Women in Science in Central Ohio (AWISCO) Award for her work on the ethical issues behind the use and development of probiotics.

The American Society of Materials gave a second place award and $50 to Brandon Muschlitz for his work with fibrous concrete. Muschlitz looked at cost-efficient ways to use concrete in Third World countries, using naturally occurring fibrous materials.

Ryan Richards continued the winning ways with his development of a prototype ballast system for remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). The Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society (ISA) gave Richards the top award and a check for $100. Richards is the fifth consecutive Science Academy student to win the award.

Evren Gokcen, who developed an adaptive targeting system using unique search algorithms and vision processing techniques, won the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) award and $100. A GLHS student has taken this prize for four consecutive years. He also won the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) award, which included a $500 prize. Gokcen is the first GLHS Science Academy student to win this prestigious award.

Gokcen also was named the CTC Science Student of the Year, and was awarded $500 for that honor.

Gokcen and Richards travelled May 1 -5 to the National Science and Humanities Symposium, a collection of some of the best high school scientific minds in the country. One hundred students gave oral presentations, and another 50 shared posters with judges and the public. The NSHS annually draws thousands of leaders from both the scientific and industrial fields.