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Nisky' students receive accolades for projects

Senior earns trip to Los Angeles for science fair

Niskayuna High School senior Ethan Strayer used science to get him an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles.

Five Niskayuna High School students competed in the 21st Annual Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair on March 26 and they all received awards for their research projects, which ranged from water quality analysis to how to charge your portable media device on the go. Paul Scott teaches the research seminar course at the school, which is where the projects originated from for the fair. The students pick out a project and do independent research to reach a conclusion.

It is probably the class that best represents the kind of research that is done in science, said Scott.

Bibi Ahmad won the Walter Eppenstein Phycis Award, Bhavya Narala won the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, Strayer received the Stockholm Junior Water Prize and placed third overall in the competition, and Nathan Wieghman and Zackery Wistort won the Nuclear Society Award and the United States Navy and Marine Corps Award.

By placing third in the competition, Strayer received the paid trip to Los Angeles to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

"I have always been really passionate about water quality," he said. "I wanted to do something more local and more impactful in my community, so I wanted to focus on fresh water monitoring."

His project was a physical, chemical and biological assessment of the upper tributaries of the Alplaus Kill River. After hearing his teacher, Scott, was interested in a trout restocking process, he decided on his project's focus.

"I wanted to see if the Alplaus Kill was suitable enough to support these populations, so his efforts in the future would not be for nothing," Wistort said.

After doing his study he found out the river is suitable for the trout restocking project.

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