Waipahu High takes home record num­ber of awards at state sci­ence fair

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said.“An­other one that I am very ap­pre­cia­tive of is the So­ci­ety of Amer­i­can Mil­i­tary En­gi­neers Award.” worms. The meal­worms, the stu­dents stated, were used as model or­gan­isms to of­fer in­sight into how food se­lec­tion af­fects a hu­man’s over­all life­style.

Arizala’s project,“Screen­ing for Hawai­ian Ma­rine De­rived Yeast and Fungi for Pro­duc­tion of An­tibac­te­rial Com­pounds,” earned her a spot in the cat­e­gory of mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy. It taps into the ma­rine ecosys­tem to iden­tify or­gan­isms that may be use­ful in de­vel­op­ing new an­tibi­otics. She vis­ited var­i­ous sites on Oahu to screen for ma­rine or­gan­isms that might pos­sess an­tibac­te­rial prop­er­ties.

“I know that the fu­ture of sci­ence in Hawaii is in good hands just by look­ing at how com­pet­i­tive the state sci­ence fair was this year,” added Sana.“The sci­ence fair is a way to show that they un­der­stand sci­ence, can do sci­ence and that they are go­ing to be the movers and shak­ers of our so­ci­ety in the years to come.”

Waipahu High School sci­ence depart­ment head Carl Ma­sumoto and teacher Michael Sana (front row, at left) and su­per­in­ten­dent Kathyrn Matayoshi (front, red shirt) cel­e­brate the many vic­to­ries of their 28 stu­dents rec­og­nized with agency awards at last month’s 53rd an­nual Hawaii State Sci­ence & En­gi­neer­ing Fair. Photo from Michael Sana.

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