Gayathri Plakkot of Huntingtown High captured the high school Grand Prize in the 2017 Science Fair held recently at Calvert High School. Isabelle Du Bois of Southern Middle won the middle school category. Both Grand Prize winners received a plaque, $100, and a $100 Visa gift card, complements of Educational Systems Federal Credit Union. In addition, Gayathri was awarded a $750 scholarship from the Southern Maryland Association of Realtors.

Dr. Daniel D. Curry Superintendent, said, “The Science Fair gives students the opportunity to conduct in-depth research on a topic that intrigues them. We are very proud of our participants and grateful to our partner organizations.”

In addition to the Grand Prize winners, Calvert High School student Amara Soffos earned a Certificate of Excellence, and three students—Christa Clark (Northern High), Joey Crunkleton (Northern High), and Jasmine Delong (Southern Middle)—earned a Certificate of Merit.

The Grand, Excellence, and Merit Award winners will advance to the Prince George’s Regional Science Fair that will be held on March 18, 2017 at Flowers High School. 

Seven STEM professional organizations presented awards in special categories. These awards are judged independently by the organizations according to their own criteria.

Calvert County Agricultural Commission
$100 –  Zachary Childress (Southern Middle)

Calvert County Waterman’s Association
$100 and a t-shirt  – Christa Clark (Northern High)

Mathnasium of Dunkirk    
3- month scholarship to Mathnasium of Dunkirk – Isabelle Du Bois (Southern Middle)

Southern MD Resource Conservation and Development Board, Inc.
1st Place Senior    $50 and a t-shirt  – Christa Clark (Northern High)
Senior Honorable Mention Certificate – Taylor Buck (Huntingtown High)
1st Place Junior   $50 and a t-shirt  – Zachary Childress (Southern Middle)
Junior Honorable Mention Certificate – Samantha Collins (Windy Hill Middle)

The Johns Hopkins University Society of Engineering Alumni
1st Place  $100 Gift Voucher – Dezmon Estep (Patuxent High)
2nd Place  $50 Gift Voucher – Taylor Buck (Huntingtown High)
3rd Place  $25 Gift Voucher – Isabelle Du Bois (Southern Middle)
Honorable Mention Certificate – Daniel Carey, Anh Khoa Nguyen, Jeffery Raleigh (Northern High), Joey Crunkleton (Northern High)

The Patuxent Partnership
Senior Aeronautics/Aerospace     $100 – Amara Soffos (Calvert High)
Junior Aeronautics/Aerospace     $50 – Isabelle Du Bois (Southern Middle)

Senior Environmental/Biological   $100  Gayathri Plakkot (Huntingtown High)
Junior Environmental/Biological   $50  Jasmine Delong (Southern Middle)

Senior Unmanned Systems, Chief Engineer  $100 – Christa Clark (Northern High)
Senior Electrical/Electronics   $100 – Dezmon Estep (Patuxent High)

Water and Waste Operators Association, Southern Section
1st Place $100 check and certificate – Christa Clark (Northern High)
2nd Place $50 check and certificate – Diamond Lewis (Northern High)