McIntosh students take top prize at RESA science fair

From left are Dr. Sharon Boyer, Coordinator of Science for the Fayette County Board of Education, Ben Naber and Jonathan Ciecka. Photo/Special.

McIntosh freshman students Jonathan Ciecka and Ben Naber captured one of two top prizes at the Griffin Regional Science and Engineering Fair (RESA) for their project on Bloodspatter Analysis.

Securing one of the top two spots earned them an all-expense-paid trip to the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) being held this year in Pittsburgh, Penn., May 13-18.

Intel ISEF, a program of the Society for Science and the Public, is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition.

 The premier global science competition for students in grades 9–12 provides an annual forum for more than 1,500 high school students from 65 countries, regions, and territories to display their independent research.

Students compete for more than $4 million in scholarships and prizes awarded by some of the world’s most prestigious business and educational instuitions in the field of science.

 In addition to advancing to the Georgia State Science and Engineering Fair finals in Athens, Ga, the pair also received special awards from the U.S. Metric Association and the United States Air Force for Outstanding Achievement.

Ciecka is a member of First Baptist Church of Peachtree City, a Life Scout in Troop 175 and a member of the McIntosh Marching Band.

Naber is also a Life Scout with Troop 175, a member of Peachtree City United Methodist Church, a member of the McIntosh Marching Band and a member of the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Program.

Guiding their progress through science fair competition this year is Gifted Biology teacher, Mae-Lee Terrell from McIntosh High School.

 Laura Trapaga from McIntosh High School earned first place at the RESA competition and will advance to compete at the Georgia State Science and Engineering Fair finals in Athens, Ga.

Trapaga was also selected to represent the RESA Region as a Georgia BioGENEius Challenge Nominee, an Oswego GENIUS Olympiad Nominee and also received the Stockholm Junior Water Prize for her project on Pharmaceutical Waste and the Effects of Pseudoephedrine on Freshwater Algae.

Lianna Arcelay, Cara Cook, and Claire Novelly all received first place awards and the opportunity to advance and compete at the Georgia Science Fair Finals held at the University of Georgia in March.