Evelyn Espinoza-Reyes displays her science fair project. | Supplied photo
Updated: April 30, 2014 12:57AM
Two Dolton West Elementary School District 148 junior high school students recently received Outstanding awards for their science projects at the Illinois Junior Academy of Science Region 9 Science Fair in Aurora.
Lincoln Junior High School seventh-grade student Evelyn Espinoza-Reyes and Roosevelt Junior High School eighth- grade student Motunrola Adebogun qualified for the Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Science Fair at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, according to a press release from the district.
“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,” Supt. Jayne E. Purcell said in the release. “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.”
Espinoza-Reyes’ project asked, “Do dogs prefer to eat familiar or unfamiliar dishes?” It 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 usually is given, according to the release.
Her hypothesis was correct, she said.
“He ate (the new food) like he was starving,” she said, according to the release.
Espinoza-Reyes is the daughter of Antonia Espinoza and Dora Reyes. She is the co-captain of the seventh-grade volleyball team and also is involved in yearbook, track and student council at Lincoln Junior High School.
Adebogun’s science project was entitled “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, according to the release.
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.
District 148 students also received six first-place honors and eight second-place awards, the release said.
Students who earned first-place awards included Jemiah Hillman, Ashley Pryor, Tashara Davis, Louis Cox, Emonty Glover, Frances Walker and Traivon Madden.
Those who earned second-place recognition included Ashia Dixon, Lool Mekonen, Temi Akande, Rachel Caldwell, Hailei Moreno, Gabrielle Smith, Shamari Robertson and Zaria Wilson.