Four students from Molokai High School and two from Molokai Middle School advanced to the Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair being held at the Hawaii Convention Center on March 31 – April 2.
At the 55th annual Maui District Science and Engineering Fair, held Wednesday and Thursday in Wailuku, five Molokai projects earned the right to go to the state competition. This is out of only 12 projects in all of Maui County that advanced to states.
Fourteen of the top science projects from Molokai were chosen in December to go to the district competition. The public had the opportunity to view these projects Dec. 11 at the MHS library.
One entry, MHS junior Sarah Jenkins, was named a finalist for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair being held in Los Angeles May 11-16. Her project was titled, “Hot Biology — Use of Thermal Imaging to Detect Nesting Behaviors of the Endangered Hawaiian Coot (Fulica alai).”
An avid birder since fourth grade, Jenkins project was an extension of last year’s project that also involved the Hawaiian Coot. In that project she created artificial floating nesting structures at the Pipio Pond in the Mapulehu area on the East End.
Sarah won the second place merit award at this week’s Maui district event followed by her sister Lilly, a ninth grader at MHS. Lilly placed third with the project “Ecological Effects of Non-Native Vegetation On Man-Made Canal in Puko‘o, Molokai.”
Other merit award winners who advanced to states were Genevieve Kikukawa, eighth grader at MMS, who took fifth place with her project, “Ground Cover Impact On Wind Erosion, Soil Cultivability, and Insect Population;” Evelyn Haase, seventh grader, seventh place for “Ocean Acidification: Comparing Ocean pH, Rural vs. Urban Coastal Areas;” and MHS senior Caulin Nelson-Angelsea and junior Luke Kikukawa, 10th place for “Photosynthetic Pigments.”
A number of Molokai projects earned honorable mention: Cendall Manley, grade 10, project, “Lend a Helping Hand;” Kilo Ka’awa Gonzales and Shellamarie Keahi, grade 12, project, “Bioremeditation Using Vetiver Grass;” Sabrina Curtis, grade 10, project, “Rooting for a Cleaner Environment: Vetiver Grass vs. Lemon Grass;” and, Kea’aokahonua Davis, grade 10, project, “Keirsey Temperments: Type Distribution of Teachers.”
Molokai students also earned special sponsor awards and organizational awards. From Maui Electric, Dathan Decker-Lee Bicoy, Grade 9, won a sponsor award for his project, “Soak Up the Sun.” Nelson-Angelsea and Kikukawa’s “Photosynthetic Pigments” project won an award from Monsanto. The Masonic Lodge gave an award to Evelyn Haase for her ocean acidification project.
Organizational awards went to Lilly Jenkins from the American Psychological Association; Edel Mae Alvarez, grade 11, and Edel Mark Alvarez, grade 9, for “Okra vs. Aloe Vera” from ASM Materials Education Foundation; Evelyn Haase from the Association for Women Geoscientists; Sarah Jenkins from RICOH; Lilly Jenkins from Stockholm Junior Water Prize; and Cendall Manley won the Surgeon General’s Special Award Certificate.