CSSF Project Listings: 2014
Plant Biology

Junior Division

Sarah K. Ando, Grade 7
Water vs. Greywater: Does Watering with Greywater Affect the Growth of the Tomato Plant Compared to Using Tap Water?
Advisor: Mrs. Elizabeth Conrad
School: McPherson Magnet School, Orange, Orange County
J1902 — Honorable Mention
Nate J. Burrill, Grade 8
To Pee or Not to Pee?
Advisor: Mrs. Laurin Toegemann
School: Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, Redwood City, San Mateo County
J1903 — Third Place
Mahima S. Chillakanti, Grade 8
Soil Compaction and Root Growth
Advisor: Mrs. Chaya Yerrapragada
School: Challenger School, Newark, Alameda County
Hunter D. Davis, Grade 6
Give Me Room to Grow: How Spacing Affects Tree Growth
Advisor: Ms. Michele Kamprath
School: McKinleyville Middle School, McKinleyville, Humboldt County
Cheyenne M. Espinosa, Grade 8
Riley L. Espinosa, Grade 6
Terraforming Mars! Seed Germination under Mars-Like Conditions
Advisor: Ms. Shelley Bellew
School: Chavez (Cesar) Academy, Corona, Riverside County
J1906 — Honorable Mention
Brooke C. Fairfield, Grade 8
Green to Red: The Change of Leaves' Colors over Time
Advisor: Ms. Kim Miller
School: Goleta Valley Junior High School, Goleta, Santa Barbara County
Alexandra Y. Grishchenko, Grade 7
Could Harmful Algal Blooms Be Expelled from Water Sources using Colored Light Filters?
Advisor: Ms. Cindy Ligeti
School: Medea Creek Middle School, Oak Park, Ventura County
Connor B. Harden, Grade 8
Cloning Cabbages
Advisor: Mrs. Brenda Kirby
School: Rio Bravo-Greeley School, Bakersfield, Kern County
Abdullah Hasan, Grade 7
Give Soil Some Oil!
Advisor: Mrs. Nahid Ansari
School: New Horizon School, Pasadena, Los Angeles County
Michael H. Ho, Grade 8
Carbon Dioxide: The Indispensable Role It Plays in Photosynthesis for Aquatic Plants
Advisor: Mr. Nathaniel Sapalicio
School: Monterey Highlands Elementary School, Monterey Park, Los Angeles County
Will L. Hoadley-Brill, Grade 8
Henry D. Tull, Grade 8
Rad Radish Forest
Advisor: Mrs. Emily Hoffman
School: South Pasadena Middle School, South Pasadena, Los Angeles County
Zachary Huang-Ogata, Grade 6
Different Liquids on Plants
Advisor: Mrs. Vicky Anthony
School: Westpark Elementary School, Irvine, Orange County
J1913 — First Place
Joseph A. Huitt, Grade 7
The Effect of Endomycorrhizea Fungi on Corn Growth and Production
Advisor: Mrs. Darcy Lawson
School: Notre Dame School, Chico, Butte County
Jamie K. Lau, Grade 8
Will the Demise of Incandescent Bulbs Affect Our Houseplants?
Advisor: Ms. Susan Sherman
School: Chinese American International School, San Francisco, San Francisco County
Eliza K. Lyday, Grade 6
Cotton: Got Soil?
Advisor: Mrs. Wendy Karnes
School: Stockdale Christian School, Bakersfield, Kern County
J1916 — Honorable Mention
Nathan G. Mermilliod, Grade 6
Plant Transpiration Under Light Sources
Advisor: Mrs. Kathleen Harrison
School: St. Catherine of Alexandria, Riverside, Riverside County
Georgia G. Miller, Grade 8
How Does the Wavelength of Light Affect Photosynthesis in Elodea?
Advisor: Mr. Ravishanth Dev Anandhan
School: Sierra Madre Middle School, Sierra Madre, Los Angeles County
Olivia W. Myers, Grade 8
Grace N. Niccum, Grade 8
How Do Different Fertilizers Affect the Growth of Sweet Peas?
Advisor: Mr. Bud Smith
School: All Saints' Episcopal Day School, Carmel, Monterey County
J1919 — Honorable Mention
Isaiah L.D. O'Neal, Grade 7
For the Venus Flytrap, Does Food Type Affect the Speed of a Trap's Closure and the Duration of the Trap's Closed State?
Advisor: Mrs. Darshana Shah
School: Portola (Gaspar de) Highly Gifted Magnet Middle School, Tarzana, Los Angeles County
Jacquelyn Opalach, Grade 7
Investigating the Accuracy of the Current Method Used to Measure Growth Rate on Redwood Trees
Advisor: Ms. Jessica Hobba
School: Sunny Brae Middle School, Arcata, Humboldt County
Perry M. Otto, Grade 7
Which Compost?
Advisor: Mr. Christopher Nestlerode
School: Pacific Collegiate School, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County
Jocelyn X. Overmyer, Grade 8
Aquaponics: Food from Fish
Advisor: Mr. Ronald Pembleton
School: Adaline E. Kent Middle School, Kentfield, Marin County
Lekha Pillarisetti, Grade 7
Effect of Different Types of Soil and Watering Schemes on Plant Growth
Advisor: Mr. Vijay Pillarisetti
School: Windemere Ranch Middle School, San Ramon, Contra Costa County
J1924 — Second Place
Andee L. Poole, Grade 8
Investigating if Aged Bovine Manure Loses Its Nutrient Levels and Effectiveness as a Plant Fertilizer
Advisor: Mr. Craig Jones
School: Washington Academic Middle School, Sanger, Fresno County
Jadie A. Pruitt, Grade 8
Hermie the Worm
Advisor: Mrs. Julianna Moon
School: St. Margaret's Episcopal School, San Juan Capistrano, Orange County
Luciano F. Scarpello, Grade 8
Well, Well, Well
Advisor: Mrs. Danielle Asaro
School: St. Mary's Elementary School, Escondido, San Diego County
Leeluleilani N. Stockton, Grade 8
Plant Chemistry
Advisor: Mr. Christopher Demcak
School: Rincon Middle School, Escondido, San Diego County
J1928 — Honorable Mention
Mary Rose Vadeboncoeur, Grade 7
Battleships in the Garden: Allelopathic Effects of Trees on Oat Grass
Advisor: Ms. Robyn Shorr
School: Oak Grove Middle School, Jamul, San Diego County
J1999 — Fourth Place
Vincent A. Chen, Grade 7
Effects of Priming with Plant Hormones and Antioxidants on Salt Tolerance in Alfalfa Seeds (Medicago sativa)
Advisor: Mrs. Amanda Stodelle
School: Inland Leaders Charter School, Yucaipa, San Bernardino County

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