Falmouth Academy Students Win Big at the South Shore Regional Science Fair




Falmouth Academy students had a strong showing at the South Shore Regional Science Fair held at Bridgewater State University on  Saturday, March 10th. Eleven of the fifteen student projects presented were recognized: five received first-place awards, three placed second, and three placed third. All are eligible to advance to the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair held at MIT on May 4th and 5th.


Emma Keeler ’19 of Rochester won a first place award and the Wilma Shield Award for her project, “Bio-prospecting for Benthic Fungi and Their Bactericidal Antibiotics.” Emma will compete  at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, PA, on May 13-19.


Rebecca Cox ’18 of Falmouth and Sarah Lott ’18 of Mashpee won first place and a Microbiology Award for their project, “Exploring Life in One of the Last Remaining Frontiers on Earth: The Lower Oceanic Crust.”  Zhaohua (Zoe) Chunyu ’18 of Sandwich and China won first place and the Elizabeth Lawrence South Shore Science Award for her project, “Nrf2b's Regulation of Oxidative Stress Response Genes in Zebrafish.” Noah Glasgow ’21 of Chilmark won first place and a Navy Award for “Creamery Sanitation Method Efficacies Relative to Creamery Surfaces.” Charlie Fenske ’18 of Edgartown won first place and a Navy Award for his engineering project, “Analysis of Morphing Wings to Enhance Aircraft Efficiency.” Charlie was also honored to speak at the event about his experience presenting at the International Science and Engineering Fair in 2017. In 2016, Charlie won the Virgin Galactic Pioneer Award at the Google Science Fair. Dr. Alison Ament accepted a 2017 first-place trophy for the joint project by Charlie and Falmouth Academy Alumnus Théo Guerin ’17.


Second place awards were given to: Gedeon Pil ’19 of Vineyard Haven for his project, “The Effect of Various Alcohols on Cloud Chamber Reactivity,” Grace Russell ’19 of Mattapoisett for her project, “The Effect of Lowered Oxygen Levels on Hermit Crab Behavior,”and Hannah Stillman ’19 of Plymouth for her project, “Correction of Mutations Underlying Tay-Sachs Disease by RNA Editing.”


Third place awards went to: Jillian Igoe ’18 of Mattapoisett for her project, “The Impact of Temperature Changes on Coral Symbioses,” Leah Littlefield ’19 for her project, “Passive Blood Spatter Pattern Analysis on Different Substrates,” and Saniya Rajagopal ’21 of Buzzards Bay for her project, “The Effect of Noise Pollution on Grass Shrimp.”

Falmouth Academy is an independent co-ed day school that has been educating students from the Cape, Coast, and Islands for over forty years. Remarkable teachers lead an innovative academic program that is enhanced by signature offerings including Arts-Across-the-Curriculum, Science in the Real World, and The Fourth Period with its 40-plus electives. Known for its sense of community, rigorous academics, integrated arts curriculum, competitive and inclusive athletics, and award-winning science — at Falmouth Academy, students can do it all!