Junior Jayson Fry took first overall at the Cardinal Gibbons Science Fair on Tuesday, Jan. 22, with his project entitled “Hydroponics vs. Soil.”
Fry’s project examined the growth rate of lettuce seeds in water and soil environments in order to determine if there are any advantages to growing lettuce using hydroponics, a type of hydroculture that promotes plant growth without the use of traditional soil. Through the experiment, Fry concluded that there are several notable advantages to hydroponic planting, such as accelerated growth rate and an increase in the overall health of the lettuce plant.
Serena Pasvantis and Jack Dalton, both juniors, were awarded second and third place, respectively, for their outstanding projects. Ten additional students were also recognized as honorable mentions. Those students included: Jean-Marc Augusty, Gabe Sweeney, Paulina DeVito, Nina Kornbluh, Sophia Stiffler, Mary Loeffler, Olivia Dumornay, John Bromfield, Jenna Gauthier and Chloe Fandino.
The three winners and 10 students who earned honorable mention status will continue on to compete at the Broward County Regional Science and Engineering Fair at the Broward College South Campus on Wednesday, Feb. 6 through Saturday, Feb. 9.