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HHS 54th Annual Science Fair, February 6, 2009
Madeleine Judge wanted to know which Mountain Dew product would cause the most tooth decay. Alexis Soares studied how Tums antacid affect the stomach. Brett Powers looked at whether muscle memory can be applied to playing basketball.

All three were honorable mention winners at Hanover High School’s 54th Annual Science Fair Saturday.

One hundred students participated. Five top prize winners and 10 students who won honorable mention may be eligible to enter a regional science fair next month at Bridgewater State College.

The first place winner was Jazna Stannard for her study on tacky surfaces and traction. She won a $75 American Express gift card and will have her name engraved on the Hanover High School Perpetual Science fair plaque.

Kristen DeWitt was the winner of a second place $50 American Express gift card for her study of the point at which Cranberry fruit extract affects the growth of E. coli bacteria.

The third place winner, Christine Osborne, received a $25 American Express gift card for her project on the effect of wearing a backpack in a high school.

Fourth place winner was Alana Sennett for her analysis of probiotic bacteria in yogurt and diet supplements. Fifth place went to Amanda Parry for her study of how wind and temperature affect oxygen in water.

All the winners, including honorable mention, received a ribbon. Top winners also received a plaque.

Other honorable mention winners were:

  • Ryan Wilson for his project on the growth of sunflower seeds in sodium chloride and calcium chloride.
  • David Chu for his study on the high school auditorium’s acoustics.
  • Ann Ward for a study of which pollutants most affect aquatic life.
  • Melissa Osgood for a study of whether bean plants grow better in regular soil or in mineral nutrients.
  • Holly Foster for a study of water quality in Hanover bodies of water.
  • Alyson Cleaves for the study of the effects of a camera’s flash.
  • Kendra Lastowka for a study of whether bacteria could become resilient against household cleaners.

Credit/Source: Rachel Smith, The Patriot Ledger, 2/11/09
Photos: Stephen T. Ryerson