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Science surge – 21 Memorial students bound for science fair regionals

Projects on Oyster Mushrooms, Mandela Effect, and Stroop Effect among those headed to North Central College regional science fair

LANSING, Ill. (January 31, 2024) – Twenty-one Memorial Jr. High students involved in 14 different science projects are moving on to the regional science fair competition in March.

Some of the projects are individual, while others were created and executed by partners.

This year’s number of regional participants far surpasses last year’s number of 12.

“In recent years, we’ve seen a remarkable surge in science fair success emerging from Memorial,” said Memorial Associate Principal Kristin Foster. “It’s truly inspiring to witness the dedication and talent of our students as they excel in various scientific endeavors.”

Variety of science fair projects

Three of the science projects are listed below, as described by Foster:

  • “8th grader Drew Losnedahl’s project ‘Growth of Oyster Mushrooms Through the Use of Non-toxic Substrate Additives’ takes what he learned in 7th grade and builds upon his interest and experience with oyster mushrooms. Last year Drew made it to IJAS State Competition and hopes to do the same this year.”
  • “7th graders Sydney Keys and Kenzee Stahl did a project on the Mandela Effect. The Mandela Effect impacts a large amount of the population. Many people misremember an event or have a false memory, remembering an event that did not actually occur. Using a series of different images of events, they asked 15 participants to choose the actual photo and not one that was doctored with additional things added.”
  • “8th graders Jocelyn Snell and Cidney Parker did a project on the Stroop Effect. This project focuses on what conflicting mental tasks reveal about thinking, such as the word ‘red’ written in green ink. Participants were questioned and needed to identify the color name they saw, not the color the word appeared as. This experiment challenges the brain and how it processes information.”

The full list of students going to regionals is below:

  • Kenzee Stahl
  • Sydney Keys
  • Sofia Gonzalez
  • Bella Palevino
  • Alexander Sanchez-Vallejo
  • Felipe Morales
  • Isaac Romero
  • Anahi Jiminez
  • Laxmi Lopez
  • Mikayla Hurtado
  • Rachel Nkwogu
  • Fernando Hernandez
  • Micaela Rosales
  • Leylah Jackson
  • Jailene Cruz
  • Brandon Sneed
  • Jocelyn Snell
  • Cidney Parker
  • Arianna Sanchez
  • Esmeralda Flores
  • Drew Losnedahl

Growing success

Last year, Memorial sent nine students to the state science fair, where four earned gold.

“This success is a testament to the exceptional quality of education and mentorship provided by our faculty, as well as the unwavering passion and commitment of our students. As we continue to foster a culture of curiosity and exploration, I have no doubt that we’ll see even more remarkable achievements in the years to come,” Foster said.

Regionals will take place at North Central College on March 16.

Memorial Jr. High is located at 2721 Ridge Road in Lansing.

Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.

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  1. Omg thats me, I’m Sydney i did the Mandela Effect project. I’m gonna make all of lansing proud buy making it to state and winning gold.

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