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JPPSS Students Dominate Region 9 Science Fair

Students in the Jefferson Parish Public School System dominated the Region 9 Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair held this month at the University of New Orleans by winning almost 70 awards out of a total 246 awards presented following the three-day exhibition.

44 students from eight different JPPSS schools won awards in the junior and senior divisions. 14 of those students were multiple award winners.  The JPPSS students represented: Adams Middle, Harris Middle, Meisler Middle, John Ehret High, Ruppel Academy, Haynes Academy, Taylor Academy, and Thomas Jefferson High.  The JPPSS students competed against 10 other private and parochial schools and home school association.

The winners ranged from Adams Middle School student James Cagle’s project: The Effect of Surface Roughness on Static Friction to Taylor Academy student Mohammed Chowdhury’s project:Cloning and Expression of Phycoerythrin in Alpha Subunit from Fremyella Diplosiphon UTEX 481 Inside E. Coli.

The Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair (GNOSEF), one of the oldest such fairs in the nation, awards more than $25,000 in cash and prizes to students each year. The Fair is open to any student attending middle or high school in the New Orleans four-parish-area.  Entrants compete in two divisions: junior division is middle school students (grades 6-8), senior division is high school students (grades 9-12).

Selected category winners at the GNOSEF are eligible to compete for state honors at the Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair held at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Two state winners are eligible to advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair where they compete for more than $4 million in cash and prizes.