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Today we’ve got award winners! Lots of them, in science, art, robotics and life-saving endeavors.

Future Scientists

Middlebrook School held its annual Science and Engineering Fair Tuesday. Close to 120 Wilton students took part this year, and we have the winners here.

During the show, the students explain their exhibits to guests and judges–among them teachers, doctors, dentists, scientists, pharmacists, and engineers–who evaluated the projects based on criteria determined by the CT science and engineering fair committee. There are three categories of exhibits—Life Science, Physical Science and Engineering. Awards are given out for ‘best of fair,’ and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each category, separately for 6th graders and 7th-8th graders combined. The 7th-8th Grade Winners will then move on to the CT State Science and Engineering Fair.

Best of Fair 2019

Gayathri Kaimal, 8th Grade:  Fighting Wildfires with Data (Physical Science)

7/8th Grade Physical Science

1st:  Gayathri Kaimal, 8th grade:  Fighting Wildfires With Data
2nd:  Keerthi Vijay, 8th grade:  Alternative Methods to Put Out a Grease Fire
3rd:  Harish Subramanian, 8th grade:  Homemade Atmospheric Water Generator

Honorable Mentions

  1. Saaransh Khandelwal, 7th grade:  The Green House Effect
  2. Jason Sherrick, 7th grade:  The Science of Sound
  3. Jacques Lucas, 8th grade:   The Electrifying Hydrogen Fuel Cell

7/8th Grade Life Science

1st:  Jeanette Rosenthal, 8th grade:  Does Time Really Fly When You Are Having Fun?
2nd:  Alexandra Cole, 7th grade:   Effect of Different Sweeteners on Yeast
3rd:  Akhil Vallabhajosula, 7th grade:  Bacterial Power!!!

Honorable Mentions

  1. Saanvi Bathla, 8th grade:  Water Pollution Solution
  2. Aanya Kongettira, 7th grade:  Effectively Melting Snow, Without Harming the Environment
  3. Riya Shah/Jordyn Yee, 8th grade:  Polymers Stopping Floods

7/8 th Grade Engineering

1St:  Varun Vadhera, 8th grade:  Using Arduino to Create a Smart Medicine Box for the Elderly
2nd:  Sebastien Shaw, 8th grade:   Agricultural Intelligence
3rd:  Dillon Bhutani, 7th grade:  Maze Solving Car

Honorable Mentions

  1. Shawn Gregory/Anup Pilla, 7th grade: Canary in a Coal Cave
  2. Arnav Balaji, 8th grade:  The Point of a Parabola: Focusing Signals for a Better Wireless Network
  3. Maddie Phelan, 7th grade:  Optimizing Wind Energy

6th Grade Physical Science

1st:  Sahana Bhagavatula:  Styrofoam Solution
2nd:  Matthew Barymow:  Aerodynamics of Different Automotive Shapes
3rd:  Julia Nanos/Sophia Viggiano:  Soapy Surface Tension

Honorable Mentions

  1. Evan Arghirescu/Warren Hamilton:  Sugary Geysers
  2. Maya Kesselman:  Solar Power and Efficacy
  3. Sophia Partola:  Which Water is More Alkaline?
  4. Aniket Shetty:  Solar Powered Car

6th Grade Life Science

1st:  Austin Etzbach:  The Effect of Smoking on the Lungs
2nd:  Nandan Raman/Nathan Raman:  Food Waste Battery
3rd:  Shyla Bathla:  Do Plants Grow Better Hydroponically?

Honorable Mentions

  1. Arhan Yadav:  Effects of Oil Spills on Marine Environment
  2. Mackenzie Northway:   The 5 Second Rule
  3. Leela Sharma:  The Effect of Video Games on the Body
  4. Siddharth Avvari/Rudra Khanijau:  Osmosis and Cells

6th Grade Engineering

1st:  Varish Duriseti:  Water Leak Detector
2nd:  Abby Phelan/Sarah Morris:  Sarby Bot
3rd:  Olivia Feldman:  Solar Powered Oven

Honorable Mentions

  1. Anna Coppola:  Freeze Free Feeder
  2. Samar Rokkam:   Project Helios–Creating Solar Powered Shelters
  3. Ahaan Sharma:  Automatic Plant Watering Machine
  4. Apoorva Diviti/Jamilah Santos:  Power Pipes 300

The Middlebrook Science and Engineering Fair is sponsored by the Middlebrook PTA and the Wilton Education Foundation (WEF).

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Art of this World!

Wilton High School student Julianna Russo won Best in Show and a Gold Key this past weekend at the CT Scholastic Art Awards.

Congratulations Julianna Russo for winning Best in Show and a Gold Key this weekend at the Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards! @artandwriting #WiltonWayCt

— Michelle Currier (@CurrierWHSart) January 29, 2019

I ❤️ You!

Wilton teachers received quite a gift last week–in fact it’s a life-saving gift! The Wilton Police Benevolent Association awarded the Wilton School District with $500 to support CPR certification for 100 Wilton educators.

Special thanks to Wilton PBA! $500 donation supports CPR certification for 100 Wilton teachers! #WiltonWayCT

— Dr. Kevin J. Smith (@DrKevinJSmith95) January 27, 2019

Mr. Robot

Great news for the Wilton Library‘s Singularity Technology robotics team, winning the top award at the recent Windsor CT qualifying competition in the FIRST Tech Challenge program.