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1998-13
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 13, 1998

Winners of the 1998 Colorado Computational Science Fair

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BOULDER -- St. Mary's Academy in Englewood, George Washington High School in Denver, Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, and East High School in Cheyenne, Wyoming, took first-place prizes at the Colorado Computational Science Fair May 9 at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder. Other schools around Colorado also won awards at the fair, which was cohosted by Colorado State University and NCAR. Silicon Graphics, Inc., donated prizes.

Each of the 68 projects submitted for judging fell into one of two areas: computational science, where students use computers to solve scientific problems, or information technology, such as applications for the World Wide Web. The computational science category was further divided into two levels: students not yet enrolled in calculus were in Level One, and students enrolled in calculus or beyond were in Level Two. Group projects and individual projects were judged separately. The 153 participating students represented nine high schools in Colorado and one in Wyoming. National laboratories, computer-related businesses, and universities provided the 14 judges. Winners are listed below under each category.

Two of the first-place projects will participate in the Adventures in Supercomputing (AiS) 1998 National Exposition in Washington, D.C., June 19-20. They are "The Path of a Comet," by Kelly O'Brien, Lisa Martinez, Kate Gregg, and Leah Mencin from St. Mary's Academy in Englewood, and "Recursive Topographic Cost Analysis Project," by Ken Scott and Holly Sullivan, both from George Washington High School in Denver.

Computational Science: Level One Group Projects

First Place: The Path of a Comet. Kelly O'Brien, Lisa Martinez, Kate Gregg, Leah Mencin, St. Mary's Academy, Englewood, CO. Teacher: Steve Chandler.

Second Place: Projection of United States Population. Cory Hudson, Dan Brake, Rocky Mountain High School, Ft. Collins, CO. Teacher: Debbie Waterloo.

Third Place (tie): Interactive Planetary Orbit. Kate Wright, Nick Lee, Wheat Ridge High School, Wheat Ridge, CO. Teacher: Chuck Powell.

Third Place (tie): Swish: The Perfect Shot. Kelly Kafer, Heather Hoops, Rob Stahl, Wheat Ridge High School, Wheat Ridge, CO. Teacher: Mari Hobkirk.

Computational Science: Level One Individual Projects

First place: Mathematical Exploration Toolkit. Lucas Krause, East High School, Cheyenne, WY. Teacher: Keren Meister-Emerich.

Second place: Extending the Sugarscape--Patterns of Addiction. Ian Overgard, home school, Littleton, CO. Teacher: Gary Overgard.

Third place: Three-Dimensional Shadow of a Hyper Cube. Matthew Culbreth, George Washington High School, Denver, CO. Teacher: Ted Brucker.

Computational Science: Level Two Group Projects

First place: Recursive Topographic Cost Analysis Project. Ken Scott, Holly Sullivan, George Washington High School, Denver, CO. Teacher: Kyle Gillette.

Second place: Elliptical Orbital Paths of Pluto. Aaron Harris, Casey Aakhus-Witt, Andy Aakhus-Witt, Wheat Ridge High School, Wheat Ridge, CO. Teacher: Chuck Powell.

Computational Science: Level Two Individual Projects

First place: Mathematical Biology: An Investigation in Biomechanics to Solve an Evolutionary Mystery. Tejas More, George Washington High School, Denver, CO. Teacher: Ted Brucker.

Second place: Unsolved Number Theory Problem: A Theoretical and Computational Approach. Yogesh More, George Washington High School, Denver, CO. Teacher: Ted Brucker.

Information Technology Group Projects

First place (tie): Age of the Empires. Cynthia Macy, Lucas McCann, East High School, Cheyenne, WY. Teacher: Keren Meister-Emerich.

First place (tie): VJRFMKL. Mike Vondrak, Aaron Walker, Joshua Van Houten, East High School, Cheyenne, WY. Teacher: Keren Meister-Emerich.

Second place (tie): Cetaceans. Michael Lehman, Jamie Limon, Claudia Hernandez-Ponce, Angel Robles, Meiko Lopez, Khanh-Ly Nguyen, Jimmy Ramirez, Duong Nguyen, North High School, Denver, CO. Teacher: George Moreno.

Second place (tie): The Tips to Escaping the Life of a Nerd. Tom Gay, Amanda Brant, Jen Carpenter, Wheat Ridge High School, Wheat Ridge, CO. Teacher: Bill Hatchett.

Third place: GeorgeQuake. Noah Yetter, Joey Mendoza, Liam Brucker, George Washington High School, Denver, CO. Teacher: Ted Brucker.

Information Technology Individual Projects

First place: The Web: Not Just for Spiders Anymore. Beth Siler, Platte Canyon High School, Bailey, CO. Teacher: Marjorie Ader.

Second place (tie): Kelly's French Revolution Web Site. Kelly Kafer, Wheat Ridge High School, Wheat Ridge, CO. Teacher: Mari Hobkirk.

Second place (tie): Random Poetry Generator. Joey Mendoza, George Washington High School, Denver, CO. Teacher: Ted Brucker.

Second Place (tie): Ultima Online Guild Page: Elves of Spiritwood. Mike Curran, East High School, Cheyenne, WY. Teacher: Keren Meister-Emerich.

For more information on the 1998 Colorado Computational Science Fair, check the World Wide Web.

NCAR is managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, a consortium of more than 60 universities offering Ph.D.s in atmospheric and related sciences, under sponsorship by the National Science Foundation.

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See also:
Colorado Computational Science Fair
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