24 Students Qualify for State Science Fair

NBJH Wins Division at Regional Competition
Posted on 03/15/2018
Science Fair Participants with Regional TrophyThe hard work and initiative required for semester-long independent science research projects paid off for the 39 Northbrook Junior High students who competed in the Illinois Junior Science Academy Regional Science Fair held March 10 at Niles North High School.

The students brought home 29 gold awards, eight silver awards, and two bronze awards. Also, 24 students qualified for the Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Exposition, which will be held April 28 in Peoria, sponsored by Bradley University.
Changwoo Yu was awarded the best middle school project in aerospace for his project “The Secret Behind Wings,” and Emma Ugarcovici won the best middle school project in biochemistry for her project “Sugar High: How Temperature Affects Fruit Ripening.”

Seven students also qualified for a national STEM-related science competition called Broadcom Masters. Their projects were selected as being in the top 10% of middle school projects. They are: Maxwell Glaubinger, Sari Goldberg, Morissa Lambert, Jessy Luna, Shae Nenadov, Samantha Kaminsky, and Natalie Hong.

Students did the research projects while they were enrolled in the Independent Science Research class during the first semester. Each student developed a question and used the scientific method to research the topic, then designed and carried out his or her experiment. Science teachers Mark Frye, Pam Mendelson and Amber Paull guide the work and monitor the progress.

Students who qualified for the state competition are: Paul Bae, Sohan Bellam, Kyle Burke, Claire Chang, Max Glaubinger, Sari Goldberg, Audrey Gottschild, Joanna Gusis, Elle Harris, Claudia Hirsch, Natalie Hong, Samantha Kaminsky, Maeve Kenny, Daniel Kim, Yeh Won Kim, Morissa Lambert, Emma Larsen, Allison Lau, Jessy Luna, Nate Muhl, Shae Nenadov, Felicia Pace, Emma Ugarcovici, and Changwoo Yu.

“The regional and state science fairs are great opportunities for our students to not only share their hard work and get recognized for their dedication but additionally, they get to see some of the amazing projects by high school students. I hope students are inspired by this experience to continue their studies in science,” Mr. Frye said.

“The entire process of the science fair prepares our students for the rigorous coursework they will see in high school and beyond. It’s a wide-ranging project that asks a lot of them, and our students always step up to the challenge.”


Students and Mr. Frye pose with the Regional trophy for first place in the division.

Northbrook Junior High received the first-place trophy in their division at the Illinois Junior Science Academy Regional Science Fair held March 10 at Niles North High School for receiving 29 gold awards, eight silver awards, and two bronze awards. Celebrating the win are some of the participants, from left, Allison Lau, Nate Muhl, Paul Bae, Mr. Mark Frye, Timmy Feng, Emma Ugarcovici and Samantha Kaminsky.