Newfoundland Science and Technology
The Eastern Newfoundland Science and Technology Fair was held at Bishops
College, a city high school. The fair was planned for Friday, March
30th and Saturday, March 31st. On Friday, students attended tours of
Memorial University during the morning followed by judging in the
afternoon. Just over 200 students from 20 schools on the Avalon
Peninsula, both junior and senior high, competed. These schools included
Amalgamated Academy, Brother Rice, Bishops College, Booth Memorial
High, Gonzaga, Holy Heart, Holy Spirit, Holy Trinity, Lakecrest,
MacDonald Drive, Mobile Central, Mount Pearl Intermediate, Mount Pearl
Senior, Prince of Wales, St. Bonaventure’s College, St. Kevin’s Junior,
St. Michael’s Regional, St. Paul’s, St. Peter’s and Villanova.
Also during the
ceremony, 2 of the members of the organizing committee of the Eastern
Newfoundland Science Fairs Council were recognized for their many years
working with science fairs at both the local and national levels. Jamie
Parsons, a teacher at Holy Heart and current chair of the national
science fair committee as well as retired teacher Mr. Gary Case were
awarded a Distinguished Service Award by Youth Science Canada.
Kaitlyn Stockley & Jared Trask, both students from Holy Spirit High as well as Sarah Winsor, a student at Bishops College won bronze medals (+ $300 each). Archita Adluri from Holy Heart and Anna O’Grady from Bishops College each won a silver medal (+ $700). Anna also received the Canadian Association of Physicists Physics Prize valued at $1000. This is the second year in a row that Anna has received this prestigious award.
In addition, the medal winners were offered entrance scholarships to a number of Canadian universities. For silver medal winners this included $2500 from Dalhousie University and $2000 the University of British Columbia. Bronze medal winners are offered entrance scholarships in the amount of $1000 by the Universities of Western Ontario and Ottawa. All entrance scholarships are contingent on the student attending that particular university and are not transferable to any other university.
The national science fair not only involves competition for medals and prizes but also numerous educational and fun-filled activities. The students also met some well-known Canadians including the national leader of the NDP, Mr. Thomas Mulcair, famed astronaut, Marc Garneau and local comedian Rick Mercer.
The students were accompanied by 2 delegates/chaperones, Robert Brake and Noelle Marsh.
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