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Sunnyside students shine at State science fair

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Sunnyside High School students Eric Espindola and Amanda Villareal enjoy a sip of root beer from a trophy cup Sunnyside students recently won at the State science competition.

BREMERTON - The 53rd annual Washington State Science and Engineering Fair was held at Bremerton High School this past weekend, and Sunnyside students brought home plenty of hardware.

Zach Halma of Sunnyside Christian High School earned first place honors in medicine and health for his research titled, "How Long Does it Take for Alcohol to Kill Germs on the Skin Prior to Injection?"

A total of 19 Sunnyside High School students were honored as well:

- Liz Sustaita - "Effect of Antioxidants on Yeast Population and Fermentation." Second place in biochemistry.

- Daniel Chavez - "Comparison of Tree Bud Bursts in Different Weather Conditions." Third place in environmental science.

- Abbagail Gomez - "Effect on Nutritional Deficiencies on Photosynthesis." First place in botany. Ohio Wesleyan University scholarship ($15,000/year, renewable for four years - $60,000 value)

- Albert Alarcon - "The Effects of Lumens on Grass Growth." Secnd place in environmental science.

- Eugenio Rivera - "The Supersaturation and Crystallization of Sodium Acetate." Third place in chemistry.

- Christopher Bestebreuer - "Deicing Wind Turbine Blades." Third place in engineering.

- Larisa Sagarnaga - "How Does Ethylene Affect the Density and Turgor Pressure of Unripened Apples?" Honorable mention in environmental science.

- Yesenia Garcia - "How Does Freezing Affect the Sugar Content in Fruit?" Third place in biochemistry.

- George Villalobos - "Effects on environmental conditions on radish transpiration." Honorable Mention in environmental science. Special award - American Meterological Society.

- Maria Quintero - "Cellulose Breakdown and Sugar in Paper." Honorable mention in biochemistry.

- Sara Berumen - "Are Herbal Remedies Effective Against Escherichia Coli?" First place in microbiology. Special award - U.S. Navy. First place in botany. Ohio Wesleyan University scholarship ($15,000/year, renewable for four years - $60,000 value).

- Baylie Yates - "How Does Dust Affect Energy Efficiency on Solar Panels?" first place in earth and space science. Ohio Wesleyan University scholarship ($15,000/year, renewable for four years - $60,000 value).

- Daisy Guizar - "How Do Different Types of Lubricants Help Prevent Corrosion on Metals Wires?" Third place in chemistry.

- Fernando Villafana - "What Compound Corrodes Concrete the Most?" Third place in chemistry.

- Joe Bonilla - "How Do Different Types of Water Affect the Corrosion of Different Metals?" Third place in chemistry.

- Eric Espindola - "Does Color Matter?" Third place in botany.

- Amanda Villareal - "What Concentration of Lavendar Oil Will Make the Best Natural Herbicide?" Second place in botany.

- Cynthia Van Wingerden - "Does Oxygenation of Water Decrease the Turbidity of Water?" First place in environmental science. Special Awards: U.S. Army. Water Federation Award. Ohio Wesleyan University scholarship ($15,000/year, renewable for four years - $60,000 value).

- Courtney Pillatos-Stiltner - "Simulated Digestion of Different Hays." Bronze medalist - All expense paid trip to ISEF as an observer. First place in animal science. Special awards: U.S. Army, Evergreen College one-quarter scholarship, Whitman College Scholarship ($2,000/year - $10,000 4-year value), Ohio Wesleyan University scholarship ($15,000/year, renewable for four years - $60,000 value).

Pillatos-Stiltner will join the other students from the state fair and the two regional fairs to form TEAM WASHINGTON to attend the International Science and Engineering Fair in San Jose, Calif. This is the first time that all the finalists and observers are girls.

Sunnyside High School students earned the most points at the state fair and won the trophy for the best projects in the state.

Sunnyside High School students won the award in 2006 and 2009 and now in 2010. They are the first school to have won it consecutively.

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