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CMIT Academy announces STEM fair winners

Chesapeake Math and IT Academy in Laurel held its third annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Fair Saturday, Jan. 25 at the University of Maryland College Park.

Hundreds of students displayed projects in the fields of physics, chemistry, engineering and math, among others. More than 100 judges reviewed 450 projects.

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At the middle school level, eighth-grader Elise Faulk won first place in the behavioral science category for the project "I Love Me." Sixth-grader Ardia Lampkin won first place in the botany and zoology category for the project "Aquaponics." Sixth-grader Nadia Washington won first place in the chemistry category for the project "Does Cold Water Affect Painted Nails Drying Time?" Eighth-grader Dorian Baldwin-Bott won first place in the earth and environmental science category for the project "A Prescription for Water." Seventh-grader Mykenna Maniece won first place in the engineering category for the project "Flying Cars?! The Study of Maglev Cars." Eighth-grader Nicholus Sakha won first place in the math and computer science category for the project "Typing Vs. Speech." Eighth-grader Avani Mahesh won first place in the medicine and health sciences category for "A Minute on the Lips, A Lifetime on the Hips." Sixth-grader Mekeih Nelson took first place in the microbiology and biochemistry category for "Public Keyboards." Seventh-grader Caleb Collins took first place in the physics category for his project "Hit by Pitch."

Eighth-grader Greta Forbes took first place overall at the middle school level for her project "Electric Field Gradient of a Tesla Coil." Eighth-grader Fatima Siddiqui came in second overall with "Going Green," and seventh-grader Samuel Ludlam took third with the project "Infinity and Beyond!"

At the high school level, Kyra Vasquez took first place in the behavioral science category for the project "What's Your Style?" Jahnae Johnson took first in the biology category for the project "Sticky Fingers," and Jasmyn Stewart took first in chemistry for "Sweet as Sugary." Connor Alexander took first place in engineering for the project "Which Will Last Longer: Wind or Solar?"; Kelin West took first in the medicine and health category for "Growing Out of Control! Early Detection"; and Erica Rush took first in physics for her project "Blown."

Carlea Williams-Locks took first place overall at the high school level for the project "Say Hi to Hydrogen Fuel Cells."

All the high school winners are freshman. CMIT, which opened in 2011 for sixth- and seventh-graders, has added an additional grade level each year it's been open.

The keynote speaker at the awards ceremony was Trena Ferrell, an education specialist at the Goddard Space Flight Center. Other speakers included Prince George's County Councilwoman Mary Lehman, Executive Assistant in Prince George's County Public Schools' charter and contract schools office Loretta White Khaalid and Spear Lancaster, chairman of board at the Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundation.

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