Southeast community photo gallery for March 17, 2016 _lowres

Photo provided by Kenilworth Science and Technology School -- Nine Kenilworth students won trophies in the regional Science and Engineering Fair. Winners included, front row from left, Aaliyah Martin, Andrew Knott, Kaitlyn Johnson and Justice Starks; and second row, Alexzandria Ursin, Queasia Stafford, Elijah Nejad, Nijah King and Mystique Price.

Kenilworth Science and Technology School made a strong showing in the recent Region VII Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair, winning eight awards and sending three students on to the state science fair March 21-23 at LSU.

Kaitlyn Johnson, Aaliyah Martin and Andrew Knott each finished in second place in their respective categories, which qualified them to compete at the state level in the junior division.

Johnson’s project, “Converting Greenhouse Gases to Synthesis Gas,” took second place in the environmental engineering category. Martin’s project, “Counting On Fingers,” was second in mathematics, while Knott’s project, “Foam Reduced Sloshing,” took second in the materials science category.

“This was tough competition this year, and we saw some amazing projects from many schools,” said Kenilworth science teacher Elkhan Akhundov, who was recently honored by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber as a recipient of the BRAC Excellent STEM Educator Award. “Our students went up against many of the top-tier magnet and gifted schools and showed why Kenilworth is one of the top middle schools for STEM studies in this area.”

Other Kenilworth students, their projects, ranking and category included Alexzandrea Ursin, “What Liquids Will Damage Your Teeth,” third place, biomedical and health sciences; Nijah King, “Solubility of Refrigerant in Deep Eutectic Solvent,” fourth place, energy: chemical; Mystique Price and Elijah Nejad, “The Fizz Inflator,” honorable mention, materials science; Justice Sparks, “Prostate Cancer Classification with a Support Vector Machine Model,” third place, systems software; and Queasia Stafford, “Air Pollution,” fourth place, systems software.