Each year, Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy forms a judges panel for the Loudoun County Science Fair. On the date of the fair, our judges attend the event, view the science fair projects, talk to the kids about their projects, and select three students as our award winners.
Each of our award winners will receive an award check and letter from Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, which will be presented at our Annual Meeting on May 16th. The students will have their projects set up at our Annual Meeting as well so you can see what they studied and ask them questions.
This year, the 29th Annual Loudoun County Science Fair was held on March 18th at Briar Woods High School. There were numerous excellent projects and the students were all enthusiastic. It was a tough decision for our judges, but our three winners and their projects are:
1st Place: Alexa Rizzo, from Dominion High School in Sterling. Alexa did a study on the composition of fish ear bones to determine fish migratory routes. Ear bones absorb certain chemicals in water so studying the composition of the ear bones can provide insight into where a fish was born and developed.
2nd Place: Aubrey Higginson, from Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn. Aubrey’s project was on quantifying the economic value of tree cover. Aubrey used aerial photos of Loudoun county to better understand current tree cover.
3rd Place: Lyons Sanchez Concha, from Park View High School in Sterling. Lyons project was titled “Which root grasps soil best,” and was an interesting study of whether grass is the best plant to use to prevent soil erosion on a hillside.
To see the list of all our Science Fair award winners, click here.