This article originally appeared in the Greenwich Time.
Fifty science research students from Sacred Heart Greenwich competed against 18 other high schools in the CT STEM Fair at Joel Barlow High School, contributing 35 of the 254 projects presented and on display.
Tenth-graders Abby Barnett and Annie O’Connor earned first place for their team project to determine whether an activated carbon cloth can reduce the prevalence of phosphates and nitrates in Long Island Sound. They received an invitation to the CT Science and Engineering Fair. Franny O’Brien and Lucy Catalano also earned first place for their team research proposal.
Twelfth-grader Malika Amoruso earned second place in the environmental category for her project and received an invitation to the GENIUS Global Environmental High School Competition and to the CT Science and Engineering Fair.
Caroline Badagliacca, grade 12, who looked at the effect of music on the memory of patients with Alzheimer’s disease, earned second place for her project. Zoe Kassapidis, grade 12, earned the Naval Science Award for her project testing natural and synthetic substances for effective oil spill cleanup.
Isabelle Berkery, grade 10, earned third place for her research proposal to use brain scans to determine how training a service dog improves its brain functions. Justine Hounsell and Chelsea Hyland, grades 10, compared the kinds of microplastics found along the Hudson River, Long Island Sound and Mianus River, earning fourth place for their team research proposal.
Ninth-grader Claudia El-Masry earned third place for her health and medical research proposal, and ninth-grader Katie May earned fourth place for her physical science research proposal.