CSSF Project Listings: 2016
Plant Biology

Junior Division

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J1801
Alexandra L. Arretche, Grade 7
The Effect of Aquaponics vs. Hydroponics on Plant Growth
Advisor: Mrs. Rhonda Germano
School: Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Bakersfield, Kern County
J1802
Liann C. Bielicki, Grade 8
Sugar Levels in Drought Tolerant Biofuel Plants
Advisor: Mrs. Pamela Serzen-Dayton
School: Iron Horse Middle School, San Ramon, Contra Costa County
J1803
Aryaa Chanchani, Grade 8
Mira Ramachandran, Grade 8
Natural Green Revolution Part 2: Drought Resistance
Advisor: Mrs. Vasavi Ramachandran
School: Thornton Junior High School, Fremont, Alameda County
J1804 — Honorable Mention
Karly C. Condon, Grade 7
Isabella M. LeSage, Grade 7
Testing Aquaponics and Hydroponics to Find the Most Effective Watering Method to Address California's Drought
Advisor: Ms. Tammy Levy
School: American Martyrs School, Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles County
J1805 — Honorable Mention
Samantha T. Crane, Grade 7
Efficacy of Human Excrement and Other Fertilizers in Dead Soil: Creating Lasting Food Sources for Deep Space Exploration
Advisor: Mrs. Phyllis Carnahan
School: Sitting Bull Academy, Apple Valley, San Bernardino County
J1806 — Honorable Mention
Suchitra Dara, Grade 8
Improving Drought Tolerance with Beneficial Fungi
Advisor: Dr. Ashraf El-Kereamy
School: Warren (Earl) Junior High School, Bakersfield, Kern County
J1807
Marliese Y. Hegele, Grade 8
Sweeter Radishes? The Effect of Sweeteners on Radishes
Advisor: Mrs. Gini Bartley
School: Redwood Middle School, Thousand Oaks, Ventura County
J1808
Savannah J. House, Grade 8
The Prosperous Environments of Plants: Part 2
Advisor: Ms. Hayley Smith
School: New Los Angeles Charter Middle School, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
J1809 — Second Place
Zinnia M. Hutchinson, Grade 8
How Much Sodium Chloride Can a Cabbage Plant Withstand? The Effects of Salt (NaCl) on Plant Life
Advisor: Ms. Sallie Corbin
School: Mission Hill Junior High School, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County
J1810
Viraj V. Jain, Grade 6
How to Grow the Best Drought Resistant Lawn
Advisor: Mr. Alan Newlove
School: Valley Oak Elementary, Fresno, Fresno County
J1811
Nithika Karthikeyan, Grade 6
The Effect of Water Beads on the Crop Yield of Bok Choy
Advisor: Ms. Shannon Lum
School: Challenger School Berryessa, San Jose, Santa Clara County
J1812
Hafsa Khan, Grade 8
The Antioxidant Mystery: The Effects of Antioxidants and Free Radicals on Seed Germination
Advisor: Sr. Rogina Fekry
School: Al-Huda Islamic School, Hawthorne, Los Angeles County
J1813 — Third Place
Joseph M. LeBeau, Grade 8
Does Salt Water Exposure Affect Radish Seed Germination?
Advisor: Mr. Craig Jones
School: Washington Academic Middle School, Sanger, Fresno County
J1814
Hiromi K. Nishida, Grade 7
Clara R. Szalay, Grade 7
Artificial Hormones Disrupt Non-Competitive Root Growth Patterns In Sibling Plants
Advisor: Mrs. Liane Martin
School: Vista Verde School, Irvine, Orange County
J1815
Carson E. Oliver, Grade 7
Plants Out of Soil
Advisor: Mr. Alex Hofsteen
School: International School of Monterey, Seaside, Monterey County
J1816 — First Place
Katrina G. Ordway, Grade 8
Effects of Quercus engelmannii on Native vs. Invasive Plant Species
Advisor: Mrs. Roxanne Hunker
School: Rhoades (The) School, Encinitas, San Diego County
J1817
Tejal A. Patel, Grade 7
Botany Battle: Hydroponics vs. Soil
Advisor: Ms. Sabine Schmuck
School: Old Orchard School, Campbell, Santa Clara County
J1818
Mona L. Patterson, Grade 7
How Do Plants React to Different Types of Greywater?
Advisor: Mr. Ravi Dev Anadhan
School: Sierra Madre Middle School, Sierra Madre, Los Angeles County
J1819
Aylin G. Salahifar, Grade 6
The Detrimental Impact of Food Remnants on Plant Development
Advisor: Mr. Bill Jenkinson
School: Stratford Middle School, Santa Clara, Santa Clara County
J1820 — Fourth Place
Rhitishah Yuva Raju, Grade 8
Plants, Photons, Phototropism: How Does Light and Color Affect Plant Growth?
Advisor: Mrs. Connie Samla
School: Churchill (Winston) Middle School, Carmichael, Sacramento County
J1821
Tomas D. Zumkeller, Grade 7
Investigating the Effects of Magnetic Forces on Plant Germination and Growth
Advisor: Mrs. Diane Loflin
School: Quail Lake Environmental Charter School, Clovis, Fresno County


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