The Ohio Academy of Science State Science Day 2016 Results

The Ohio Academy of Science State Science Day Winners

A group of 8 high school students from Athens participated in the 68 th Annual State Science Day of The Ohio Academy of Science, held May 14 th , 2016 at Ohio State University. The participating students (in alphabetical order) with grade and project titles are:

Mr Derek C Demel

  • Grade: 11
  • Project Title: Rutting Susceptibility in Porous Asphalt Pavement

Ms Kathryn C Dispenza

  • Grade: 12
  • Project Title: Optimization of Energy Output Using a Bacterial Fuel Cell

Mr Edward T Drabold

  • Grade: 11 Project
  • Project Title: Optimization of Carbonic Acid Reactions Through Catalysis

Mr Henry Louis Fetsch

  • Grade: 12
  • Project Title: Optimizing Neural Network Training Algorithms

Mr Yu-Shiang Jeng

  • Grade: 10
  • Project Title: Password Proximity Algorithm

Ms Shifra R Narasimhan

  • Grade: 9
  • Project Title: Determining Sugar Concentration in Multiple-Solute Solutions

Ms Anru Tian

  • Grade: 9
  • Project Title: Effects of Microgravity and Hypergravity on Maize and Phaseolus plants

Ms Sylvie Celeste Wilson

  • Grade: 9
  • Project Title: Effects of Precipitation on Acid Mine Drainage Streams


Three AHS students received special recognition for their participation at the state level for multiple years (see below). The first category, 7-years, was attained by only two students in the state of Ohio.


Multi-year Awards: Participation in State Science Day for 4 years or more

7-year Students (Only 2 students in the state of Ohio have reached this award)

Derek C. DeMel

5-year Students

Kathryn Dispenza

Edward Drabold

The students are rated on their projects and presentations. The list of ratings received along with any additional sponsored awards appears in what follows.



Superior Ratings: Derek DeMel, Henry L. Fetsch, & Shiffra R. Narasimhan (all other students received a rating of Excellent)


Sponsored Awards

Demel: 2nd Prize, $75 & plaque: Excellence Award for Civil Engineering Projects, American Society of Civil Engineers Central Ohio Section & Ohio Council

Demel: Case Engineering and Applied Science Award $20,000 Scholarship for each of 4 years.

Drabold: Honorable Mention: Society of Petroleum Engineers Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Ohio Section

Drabold: 3rd Prize, $100 and Student memberships into Ohio Oil & Gas Assoc.& amp; certificate:Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program Award, Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program Award.

Narasimhan: 1 st Outstanding Physics Project Award $150: American Association of Physics Teachers, Southern Ohio Section; American Physical Society, Ohio Section.

Narasimhan: 1 st Ohio University Department of Physics & Astronomy Award of Excellence $100Cash and Certificate, Ohio University Department of Physics & Astronomy.

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