Senior Scholar, Ambica Sharma, Advances in the 2023 Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS)

The Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS) is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math research competition for high school seniors. Regeneron STS recognizes and empowers the most promising young scientists in the U.S. who are creating the ideas and solutions that solve our most urgent challenges. 

Ambica Sharma’s project is titled, “Novel Aurora Kinase, EZH2 and BET Inhibitor Small Molecular Compound Combinations to Treat Glioblastoma Multiforme”. She, as well as W-L HS, will be awarded $2,000 for their efforts.

Dozens of N. VA Regional Science Fair Winners Awarded, 7 Advance to States

The following Washington-Liberty HS Students were selected as 1st Place Category Winners, State Science Fair Representatives and Best in Fair Nominees: 

Ellie Danaceau and Mara Gerardi: The Effect of the Type of Oil on the Force Required to Break Hair Exposed to UV Light 

Daisy Maxwell: The Effect of Sunscreen on Elodea Canadensis 

Harriet Shapiro: The Effect of Urban Heat Island Mitigation Strategy on Surface and Atmospheric Temperature 

The following additional students were selected as 1st Place Category Winners and State Science Fair Representatives: 

Haley Baasansukh: The Effect of Different Solvents on the Retention Factor of Photosynthetic Plant Pigments 

Gabrielle Cordero: The Effect of Detergent Products Containing Sodium Percarbonate on Luminol Efficacy 

Jaya Shah: The Effect of Glucose Sensor on the Functioning of an Artificial Pancreas Model  

Annual Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair Honors James Licato (Grade 12) and Madi Goeke (Grade 10)

1st Place in Earth & Environmental Sciences James Licato “Development of a Zeolite Composite Material for the Simultaneous Removal of Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care Products (PPCPs) and Perflourinated Alkyl Substances (PFAS) in Water Treatment”.

Honorable Mention in Earth & Environmental Sciences Madi Goeke “A Solution to Plastic Pollution: An Investigation into Microplastic Removal from Water Using Ferrofluid”.

Senior, James Licato, Finalist for 80th Regeneron Science Talent Search, Collects $25,000

Senior James Licato has been named a Top 300 Scholar in the 80th Regeneron Science Talent Search. His science project titled Development of a Zeolite Composite Material for the Simultaneous Removal of Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care Products (PPCPs), and Perfluorinated Alkyl Substances (PFAS) in Water Treatment will now advance to final round of competition.

Teacher, J. Carpenter, Authors Articles about Discoveries from a Virginia Fossil Site Dating Back 50+ Million Years Ago

All three articles are about discoveries from a Virginia fossil site called the Fisher/Sullivan site which is located in the Nanjemoy formation. The Nanjemoy formation is the accumulation of sand and mud on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean 53 million years ago.
The Earth was so warm there were no polar ice caps and the Atlantic came up to the fall line (or roughly I-95). The site is about 5 miles east of the fall line, so it would have been off shore. Mostly, you find marine animals, but occasionally you find terrestrial animals, birds or fresh water animals as is the case with two of these discoveries.

95 Students Applied for 2020 Virginia Junior Academy of Science (VJAS) Virtual Symposium Awards, Winners Announced

Ninety-five (95) Washington-Liberty HS students applied to present their science research projects at the Virginia Junior Academy of Science (VJAS) Symposium this past school year. Following their efforts, 64 students were accepted to participate in the first ever VJAS virtual symposium. On Thursday, May 28th the following winners from Washington-Liberty HS were announced: 2020 Virginia […]