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State Science Fair: Congratulations and Award Ceremony

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Lakeland Christian School

One of the core values of LCS is the belief that we are partnering with parents in the Christian education of their children. We believe that mutual respect, communication and involvement by all partners is essential for success of our mission.LCS is a school. We believe that being a Christian school and being a top-flight academic institution should not be mutually exclusive. On the contrary, we take the mandate of Colossians 3:23 that calls us to strive to be the best. We provide a variety of rigorous, engaging, academic and co-curricular activities that enable students to identify and express the full range of their unique gifts and abilities.

Award and Awardee Info:

4th place category award in Plant Sciences: Connor McLoughlin

3rd place category award in Animal Sciences: Ashley Logan

  • J.T. Malesky Award: Cash award and certificate to a student demonstrating enthusiasm for their outstanding research in either Biomedical or Animal Sciences
  • Polk County Regional Science & Engineering Fair Award: Cash prize and certificate for a project demonstrating outstanding creativity and innovation

2nd place category award in Intelligent Machines, Robotics, and Systems Software: Christopher Rosario

Carolina Miranda Reyes was a finalist in the Engineering and Mechanical Systems category.

A Special Thank you

Sharpton Toussaint and Christopher Vincent of the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, FL for assisting Connor by supplying and training him in the use of a fluorometer/porometer instrument. Christopher Vincent for serving on the LCS Scientific Review Committee. Joseph Johnson of H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL for helping Connor image dodder tissue sections using a confocal microscope.

Steve Johnson of University of Florida (Wildlife Ecology and Conservation) for providing gopher tortoise bone and shell specimens to Ashley and for helping her remove the material from dry tortoise skeleton. Betsie Rothermel of Archbold Biological Station in Venus, FL for tortoise shell and bone material, as well as shell photographs and feedback on drafts of Ashley’s research. Eleanor Gardner of the Kansas University Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum for expert vertebrate and taphonomy service on the LCS Scientific Review Committee, also providing rich feedback on Ashley’s research drafts. Angela Williams of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for her gracious assistance with Ashley’s research permitting. Aaron Medley of Florida Polytechnic’s FIPR (Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute) for generously processing Ashley’s prepared specimens and running heavy metal concentration analyses, as well as for touring her through the lab to learn about the instrument and prep for running samples.

Elizabeth Jilbert of the Sun and Fun Air Museum for access to their facilities and for connecting Carolina with volunteers (Anthony and Linda) who helped her learn and operate a wind tunnel on the museum’s campus.

Finally, to the RISE Institute for “small-grant” project funding and equipment to help advance their research investigations and engineering endeavors.