SCIENCE SUPERSTARS: Rate of tooth decay. Breeding mice. Lift dynamics of hovercraft. Super fertilizer.
Those are among the subjects that won prizes at the sixth annual Science and Engineering Fair at Pioneer Charter School of Science, in Everett.
Eighty-eight student groups from seventh through 12th grades participated in the competition. And finalists recently presented their oral presentations and demonstrations to judges from Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the local STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) industry.
Students were judged based on the topic, such as psychology, biology, physics, chemistry, or engineering, and on demonstrations. Each judge was presented with and graded 10 projects.
Winners from 10th through 12th grades included: Sahar Hamadi, Grade 12, grand prize; Kimberly Zaldana and Adefunke Atitebi, Grade 10, first place; Rose Lewis and Shelia Vo, Grade 10, second place; Samir Khoulani, Grade 12, third place; Salima Boukataya and Medina Sehi, Grade 10, honorable mention.
Winners from seventh through ninth grades included: Maha Hamadi, Grade 7, grand prize; Maeberly Daniel and Hannah Khaff, Grade 9, first place; Jonathan Morency, Jake Langone, and Joshua Crawford, Grade 7, second place; Mundeep Arora, Grade 7, third place; and Amine Naittalb, Grade 7, honorable mention.
In the demonstration category, the winners were: Matthew Greenlaw, Grade 10, grand prize; Daniel Machado and Trizzi Lam, Grade 11, first place; Zahra Hamadi, Grade 10, second place; Nick DiCato and Joseph Paone, Grade 11, third place; Danielle Tortora, Molly Witkus, and Rebecca Witkus, Grade 12, honorable mention.
The Pioneer Charter School of Science opened in 2007 to offer an educational option to students from Revere, Chelsea, and Everett. It emphasizes math and science, analytical thinking, and guidance for higher education based on a strong foundation in the humanities.
CYCLE OF CARING: Several area gyms are participating in the 10th annual Tour de Pooch & Pals’ Spin for Animals this weekend to benefit the MSPCA Nevins Farm in Methuen.
People can cycle in the spin-a-thon for one, two, or all three hours, raising money to help the thousands of animals that arrive at Nevins Farm each year.
The fund-raiser’s other events include a Zumba party and indoor triathlon. Donations can also be made at other group exercise classes. And pledges can be made to teams at each gym.
Participating gyms include Latitude Sports Clubs in Salisbury, Methuen, Andover, Bradford, and Peabody; Cedardale in Haverhill; Natural High Fitness in Newburyport; Forever Health and Fitness Center in Chelmsford; and Seacoast Sports Club Downtown in Portsmouth, N.H.
For dates and times of events at each club, visit mspca.org/nevins.
WHO’S WHAT WHERE: The Rev. Richard T. Loring has been named transitional priest of All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore, a merged parish of the former Calvary Church in Danvers and Saint Paul’s Church in Peabody. Since retirement in 1995, Loring has been doing interim work in churches seeking rectors. He is a third-generation priest in his family, following in the footsteps of both grandfathers, his father, uncle, and brother. He will serve until the appointment of a priest-in-charge. . . . Stan Yeakel of Boxford has been promoted to director of general services at Brooksby Village, a retirement community in Peabody. He previously was senior facility manager overseeing the maintenance and engineering department. . . . Kate Hertz, a sixth-grader at Marblehead Village School, won first place in the annual Massachusetts Municipal Association statewide essay contest. About 2,300 students from 17 communities participated in the contest, in which students were asked to finish the sentence, “If I were elected leader of my community, I would make a difference by . . . ” Essays were judged on creativity, clarity, proper use of grammar, and understanding of local government. Hertz’s essay focused on creating a Town Meeting and voting website, which would allow for greater participation in the voting process.