Winner: Alice Lentz
Grade: 9th grade
School: Put-in-Bay High School
Teacher: Mrs. Missi Kowalski
Project: The Effects of Salinity on GMO Arabidopsis.
Alice formulated the idea for a project from her understanding of global warming. Living on South Bass Island, Alice was able to observe firsthand the effects of global warming on the water level of Lake Erie. She learned that global warming was causing elevated surface water levels around the world and unprecedented shoreline erosion.
Winner: Emily Stevens
Grade: 10th grade
School: New London High School
Teacher: Mr. David Kamm
Project: The Use of Wool to Control Sediment and Phosphorus Loss for an Ohio Soil.
All wool types in her study reduced cumulative sediment loss when compared to a control of bare soil. Soil erosion was reduced by upwards of 66% when wool was applied, with the medium wool type reducing soil erosion by >90%. Similarly, total P losses were reduced by upwards of 30% when wool was applied, with medium wool reducing phosphorus losses by almost 93%.