CSSF Project Listings: 2009
Plant Biology

Junior Division

 Photo Gallery 

Vanessa A. Apodaca, Grade 7 portrait
Water-logging: Do Polymers Inhibit Plant Recovery?
Advisor: Mrs. Hillary Cloud
School: Hallmark Charter School, Sanger, Fresno County
Luke P. Bockman, Grade 8 portrait
Effect of Centripetal Force on Length and Angle of Carrot Plant Growth
Advisor: Mr. Daniel Mencias
School: St. Mary's Star of the Sea Elementary School, Oceanside, San Diego County
Carina M. Cain, Grade 6 portrait
Life by Light
Advisor: Mrs. Elaine Bahr
School: Pescadero Middle School, Pescadero, San Mateo County
Casey M. Campos, Grade 7 portrait
The Effects of Natural Pre-Emergents on Seed Germination
Advisor: Mrs. Nicole Luckin
School: Fairmont Elementary School, Sanger, Fresno County
Francesca A. Cerri, Grade 6 portrait
Who Needs Dirt? A Growth Comparison of Soil vs. Soilless Mediums
Advisor: Ms. Michelle Stone
School: Pinecrest Elementary School, Thousand Oaks, Ventura County
J2006 — Honorable Mention
Keegan C. Dahm, Grade 7 portrait
What Is the Long Term Effect of Electricity and Metal on Plant Tumors?
Advisor: Mrs. Dawn O'Connor
School: Ascencion Solorsano Middle School, Gilroy, Santa Clara County
Colin T. Dowdell, Grade 8 portrait
The Effects of Micronutrients on Phytoplankton
Advisor: Miss Jenn Corpuz
School: Dodson (Rudecinda Sepulveda) Middle School, Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County
Ciara A. Dwyer, Grade 6 portrait
What Drives a Seed?
Advisor: Mr. George Alexandrov
School: Bradley (Elma G.) Elementary School, Watsonville, Santa Cruz County
John P. German, Grade 7 portrait
When Farmland Is Gone, Where Will We Grow Our Food? Hydroponics Is the Answer
Advisor: Ms. Shauna McDermott
School: Tres Pinos Union Elementary School, Hollister, San Benito County
J2010 — Second Place
Robbie E. Gray, Grade 8 portrait
Investigating a Practical Eradication Method for the Invasive Parrot Feather
Advisor: Mrs. Jewely Lopez-Lickey
School: Sanger Academy Charter School, Sanger, Fresno County
Anna C. Gurevich, Grade 8 portrait
The Most Important Element of Photosynthesis in the Survival of a Viola tricolor hortensis (Pansy)
Advisor: Mrs. Andrea Acres
School: Ridgecrest Intermediate School, Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County
Ian C. Hall, Grade 8 portrait
Is Your Plant Reaching Its Full Potential ?
Advisor: Ms. Laura Wilson
School: La Colina Junior High School, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County
Lindsay M. Harrison, Grade 8 portrait
Drought Relief: Does Gray Water Harm Plants?
Advisor: Mrs. Darcy Lawson
School: Notre Dame School, Chico, Butte County
J2014 — Honorable Mention
Monique C. Iuster, Grade 8 portrait
Befuddled Bean Seeds: The Effects of Gravity and Centrifugal Forces on the Gravitropism and Growth of Bean Seeds
Advisor: Ms. Sherri Kilkenny
School: Mission Hill Junior High School, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County
J2015 — Honorable Mention
Laura D. Jennings, Grade 6 portrait
Aquatic Plants and Their Different pH Levels
Advisor: Mrs. Andria Bloom
School: El Tejon Middle School, Lebec, Kern County
Rachel L. Kanonchoff, Grade 6 portrait
Hyperbaric Radishes
Advisor: Mrs. Valerie Kanonchoff
School: Trinity Academy Home School, Willits, Mendocino County
Sophia T. Kawamoto, Grade 7 portrait
Strong, Stronger, Strongest Fava
Advisor: <none acknowledged>
School: Pacific Collegiate School, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County
Emma K. Lay, Grade 8 portrait
The Effect of Pre-Soaking Bush Bean Seeds in Different pH Solutions on the Time for the Seeds to Germinate
Advisor: Mr. Daniel Dummett
School: Union Hill School, Grass Valley, Nevada County
Sofia K. Lochner, Grade 8 portrait
The Effect of Centripetal Force on Plant Growth
Advisor: Dr. Robert Keolian
School: La Colina Junior High School, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County
Grant T. Margerum, Grade 8 portrait
Algae: Fuel of the Future or Fungus in Your Pond?
Advisor: Mr. Paul Mazzei
School: Kirby (Georgiana Bruce) Preparatory High Sch, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County
J2021 — Honorable Mention
James M. McCabe, III, Grade 6 portrait
Gregory M. Regan, Grade 6 portrait
Can Food By-Products Be Used as a Natural Supplement for Plant Growth?
Advisor: Ms. Sharon Escalona-Olsen
School: American Martyrs School, Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles County
Elena Marie S. McConnell, Grade 6 portrait
The Affect of pH on Blue Lake 274 Bean Growth
Advisor: <none acknowledged>
School: Rio Del Mar Elemetary School, Aptos, Santa Cruz County
J2023 — Fourth Place
Matt C. Moropoulos, Grade 7 portrait
Electrifying Soil
Advisor: Ms. Stephanie Wald
School: Ralston Middle School, Belmont, San Mateo County
Alyssa K. Naritoku, Grade 8 portrait
Wendy C. Tsai, Grade 8 portrait
Fast Plants in Motion!
Advisor: Mrs. Emily Hoffman
School: South Pasadena Middle School, South Pasadena, Los Angeles County
Connor A. Nelson, Grade 6 portrait
Ryan C. Thomas, Grade 6 portrait
Carbon Dioxide's Relationship to Plant Growth
Advisor: Ms. Molly Alles
School: McKinleyville Middle School, McKinleyville, Humboldt County
Leah M. Ostermann, Grade 7 portrait
The Germinator
Advisor: Ms. Shawna Roberts
School: Saint Ann School, Ridgecrest, Kern County
Alexis L. Pace, Grade 8 portrait
Grow Grass Grow: An Investigation of Grass Growth Using Different Types of Water
Advisor: Mr. Mark Hobbs
School: Fairmont Private - Edgewood Campus, Santa Ana, Orange County
J2028 — Third Place
Morgan C. Riggins, Grade 8 portrait
Enhancing the Biomasses of Raphanus sativus with Different Manures
Advisor: Mr. James Spandikow
School: Madison Middle School, Oceanside, San Diego County
Zachary A. Rose, Grade 8 portrait
A Study of the Effect of Simulated Zero Gravity on Plant Growth
Advisor: Dr. Richard A. Boolootian
School: Home School - Las Virgenes School District, , Los Angeles County
Keren O. Rosenthal, Grade 7 portrait
Fibonacci Numbers in Nature
Advisor: Mr. Ken Cornell
School: Fairmont Private Schools - Anaheim Hills, Anaheim Hills, Orange County
Alicia M.J. Sadowski, Grade 6 portrait
Going Green with Greywater
Advisor: Ms. Michelle Stone
School: Pinecrest Elementary School, Thousand Oaks, Ventura County
Rebecca I. Shane, Grade 6 portrait
Do Plants Want a Lemon? The Effect of Varying pH Levels in Acid Rain in Phaseolus limensis
Advisor: Mr. Chuck Nelson
School: Bonita Canyon Elementary, Irvine, Orange County
Kaylee S. Steiner-Olson, Grade 7 portrait
Plant Function in a CO(2) Enriched Environment
Advisor: Ms. Diana Skiles
School: Jacoby Creek Elementary School, Bayside, Humboldt County
Dana M. Thibodeau, Grade 8 portrait
Algae: Made in the Shade
Advisor: Mrs. Elaine Gillum
School: Marshall (Thurgood) Middle School, San Diego, San Diego County
Corrina R. Thompson, Grade 6 portrait
Investigation for Conservation: The Observation of Which Grass Grows the Best with the Least Amount of Water
Advisor: Ms. Nadia Oggiano
School: St. Anne School, Laguna Niguel, Orange County
Adam D. Walker, Grade 6 portrait
The Curious Death of Stomata by Carbon Dioxide
Advisor: Mr. Eddie Ozawa
School: St. Martin of Tours School, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
J2037 — First Place
Christopher W. Weddington, Grade 8 portrait
Reduced Irrigation Affects Citrus Fruit Size
Advisor: Mrs. Nicole Luckin
School: Fairmont Elementary School, Sanger, Fresno County
Timothy A. Westerfield, Grade 8 portrait
Does Growing Bell Peppers in Soil or Hydroponically Produce Better Results?
Advisor: Mr. Roger Boersen
School: Redlands Christian School, Redlands, San Bernardino County

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