DOLTON | Two Dolton West Elementary District 148 junior high school students will be among the students across Illinois who will showcase their science skills and knowledge next month.
Lincoln Junior High School seventh grade student Evelyn Espinoza-Reyes and Motunrola Adebogun, an eighth-grader at Roosevelt Junior High School, received awards of Outstanding on their science projects at the Illinois Junior Academy of Science Region 9 Science Fair on March 15 in Aurora. Their scores qualified them for the next round of competition at the state level.
Both Dolton girls are now fine-tuning their projects as they prepare for the Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Science Fair on May 3 at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.
“We could not be more proud of Evelyn and Motunrola. They did a fabulous job on their science fair projects at both the local and regional levels and we know they will continue to be successful at the statewide competition. Kudos to both girls. We also thank their parents and teachers for helping to spark students’ interest in science and for teaching them how scientific inquiries can be applied to everyday life situations,” said District 148 Superintendent Jayne E. Purcell.
Espinoza-Reyes’ project, “Do dogs prefer to eat familiar or unfamiliar dishes?” focused on the food preferences of the family’s dog, Buddy. She predicted Buddy would prefer to eat a new food rather than the food he is usually given. Her hypothesis was correct, she said, adding: “He ate (the new food) like he was starving.”
Espinoza-Reyes is the daughter of Antonia Espinoza and Dora Reyes. She is the co-captain of the seventh-grade volleyball team and is also involved in yearbook, track, and Student Council at Lincoln Junior High School.
Adebogun’s science project was titled “Caffeine Crazy.” Her intent was to determine whether caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee and whether diet or regular soda pop had the biggest impact on a person’s blood pressure. She said she correctly predicted both the caffeinated coffee and the regular soda pop would raise people’s blood pressure more than decaffeinated coffee and diet soda pop.
She said the project taught her that small factors can impact blood pressure.
Adebogun is the daughter of Abayomi and Olabisi Adebogun. She is a member of the Roosevelt Junior High School volleyball team, is on the yearbook staff, and is a member of the school’s chapter of the National Junior Honor Society.
District 148 had 16 student projects in the Regional Science Fair competition. The projects were presented by students from Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Washington Junior High schools.
In addition to Espinoza-Reyes’ and Adebogun’s Oustanding awards, District 148 students received six first-place honors and eight second-place awards.
Students who earned first-place included Jemiah Hillman and Ashley Pryor, Tashara Davis, Louis Cox, Emonty Glover, Frances Walker, and Traivon Madden.
Those who collected second-place recognition included Ashia Dixon, Lool Mekonen, Temi Akande, Rachel Caldwell, Hailei Moreno and Gabrielle Smith, Shamari Robertson, and Zaria Wilson.