ECS Student Qualifies for International Science Fair  
Memorial High School senior Michael Tripepi, a four-year winner of the Elkhart Senior Science Fair, earned second place at the Hoosier Science Fair and a berth in May's International Science Fair in Phoenix, Arizona.

Tripepi and reserach partner Samual Sharkey, a student from Penn High School, received the ASM Materials Education Foundation Award, the Naval Science Award, and second place in the 12th-grade senior division for their joint research on optimizing optical signal quality for high energy particle detection. 

That research also earned the pair, who worked together in a research lab at the University of Notre Dame's QuarkNet Center, semi-finalist status in the Siemens Competition, a prestigious science contest funded by the Siemens Foundation and administered by the College Board. Their project was chosen as one of the top 300 outstanding research reports from more than 1,600 entries worldwide.

Their project also won the 2013 Elkhart Senior Science Fair and then garnered a 
handful of awards at the Regional Science Fair at Notre Dame last month, including the Senior Reilly Center Life Science Award for outstanding project.

  Memorial's Michael Tripepi. left, and research partner
  Samual Sharkey, explain their project to the judges at
     the Elkhart Senior Science Fair earlier this spring 
Two other Elkhart students also won awards at the Hoosier Science Fair April 6. West Side Middle School seventh grader Aaron Russell won the Founder's Award for the Best Abstract for his project on hydropelectric generation. Pinewood's Carson Richards took third place in the fourth-grade division for his project on distracted driving. Aaron and Carson's awards were sponsored by the Science Education Foundation of Indiana.

Aaron, who won Best of Show at the Elkhart Science Fair, was also a big winner at the Regional Science Fair. He brought home the Broadcom Masters Rising Stars Competition, the Spirit of Science Award, an HSEF Award, the Water Crusader Award, and awards from the Michiana Science and Technology Center and the U.S. Navy/U.S. Marine Corps.

Carson earned a HSEF Award at the Regional Fair. Elkhart had a dozen other winners at the Regional Fair. 

Olivia Haworth, an eighth grader at North Side Middle School, won the Junior Reilly Center Life Science Award for outstanding project. She also received an HSEF Award and the Junior Broadcom Masters Rising Stars Competition.

  West Side's Aaron Russell

North Side student Michael Wyse received the Oustanding Junior Life Project from Bethel College.

Pinewood sixth grader Madelin Lapp won the Elementary Broadcom Masters Rising Star Competition. She also received the Notre Dame Psychology Department Award. Pinewood's Lucy Circosta won a Serim Research Award and a Reilly Center Calculator Award,  and Mara Hakaj won a Serim Research Award. 
Other elementary winners include Eastwood's Amy Wyse, who was recognized by the American Psychological Association; and Riverview students Samantha Sarber and Amelia Redding, who received a Science Fair Microscope Award. 

Memorial's Kate Luft received the Feynman Award for Enthusiasm and Scientific Curiosity, while classmates Brittney Joy and Makenzie Todd won the Biophysical Award. Memorial's Giovanni Alvarez and Jason Pace earned a third-place trophy in the engineering category. 

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