Excellence in S.T.E.M. at NDA – The Tradition Continues!

Notre Dame Academy science research students had an outstanding performance at the Science and Engineering Fair of Northern Kentucky (SEFNK) on Saturday, February 26. NDA won Best of Fair Team and Abby Turnpaugh won the “Best of Fair” award and an opportunity to attend the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in May in Dallas, Texas. Mary Wall placed Best of Fair Runner-Up. Under the direction of Mr. Bill Stamm, all of NDA’s Science Research students competing at SEFNK did an excellent job and will advance to the Kentucky Science & Engineering Fair (KY-SEF) March 24-25.

NDA Science Research students won many category and special awards as listed below:

Rachel Panko and Taelyn Ackely (Seniors)
1st place Microbiology
3rd Place Overall in Biology

Mary Wall (Junior)
Regeneron Biomedical Science Award
Thomas More University Academic Scholarship
Medicine & Health – First Place
NKU Biology Department – Second Place
NKU Informatics Department – Third Place
Life Sciences – First Place Overall
Best of Fair – Second Place Overall

Clare Shay (Junior)
1st Place – Environmental Science
Best Use of SI Units Award

Abby Turnpaugh (Sophomore)
1st – Biochemistry
2nd-NKU Informatics Dept award
1st-NKU Biology Dept award
1st-NKU Chemistry Dept award
Thomas More Scholarship
1st Overall – Physical Sciences
Best in Fair

Natalie Janzaruk (Senior)
Engineering: Electronics and Mechanics category – First Place
US Office of Naval Research Award
National Geographic – That’s Geography! Award
NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association) Award
Ricoh Award for Sustainability
2nd Place Overall – Physical Sciences
Thomas More Scholarship
NKU Physical Science Department Best Senior Project

Michelle Ross (Freshman)
1st Place – Behavioral and Social Sciences category
Psychology Association award

Mary Catherine Kelly (Junior)
Female Geoscientist Award
Naval Research Award
1st place – Animal Sciences category