Rivermont Collegiate student Angela Jones (8th Grade) and her sister Isabella Jones (Grade 6), both won first place in their categories at the 2017 State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa.

The event was held at Iowa State University in Ames on March 31, 2017. There were more than 700 participants in this year’s competition.

Angela won in Microbiology, Bio-medical and Health Sciences, 8th Grade Category, for her project: “How Much Variation is there in Autosomal DNA that is Shared by a Grandchild and Grandparent in a Small Sample Size?” Isabella won in Behavioral and Social Sciences, 6th Grade Category, for her project: “Do People Start to Eat Healthier at a Certain Age?” Both were also nominated for the Broadcom Masters for being in the top 10% of science fair projects nationwide.

Additionally, Angela was awarded the “Certificate of Scientific Achievement at Iowa State University Program for Women in Science and Engineering.” Isabella was awarded a $2,500 Scholarship by the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University and the “Excellence in Science Award.”

Also of note, Siri Pothula (6th Grade) won Honorable Mention in Microbiology & Health Sciences and Excellence in Science Award for her project: “What Drink Discolors Your Teeth the Most?” Maram El-Geneidy (12th Grade) won 3rd in her category in Biomedical & Health Sciences for her project: “Is the Expression of ASICs Altered in Mouse Sensory Neurons with High-Intensity Exercise Training? Manasa Pagadala (12th Grade) won Honorable Mention in her category in Biomedical & Health Sciences and an Iowa Biotechnology Association Scholarship for her project: “Galmydar: A Metalloprobe for Monitoring Chemotherapeutic Resistance in Human Cancer Cells.”

Rivermont Collegiate students were under the guidance of their teacher Mrs. Jenna Adams.