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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 27 - April 2, 1998 - 49 SCHOOL & EDUCATION Cape High student projects rule at science fair Even before the Academy Awards, Cape Henlopen High School pulled off a titanic perfor- mance at the Sussex County Sci- ence Fair as they walked away with more than awards. Students of Jane Brandt, Rob Schroeder and William Geppart earned first-place honors in cate- gories for individual competition for grades eight and nine and for 10 and 12, several seconds, thirds and honorable mentions in those categories and all of the awards for team projects for grades nine through 12. Brothers Rahul and Shawn Sukumar each took first place in their division. In the individual competition for grades 10th through 11, Rahul's entry, "Spread Your Wings and Fly - Does the Length of an Air Foil Affect the Lift It Produces?" won first place and it also earned sec- ond place in an overall competi- tion conducted by the Department of Natural Resources and Environ- mental Control (DNREC). For the DNREC honor, he received a $50 U.S. Savings Bond and a plaque. A study in keeping warm, "Fighting Winter the Winter Chill - Which Form of Insulation Is Most Effective?" won a first-place individual award for Shawn in the eighth- through ninth-grade divi- sion. Also competing in that divi- sion, Steven Donahue won second and Jonathan Sarik won an honor- able mention. In the individual 10th- through 12th-grade division, Christina Abramowicz, Richard Kroon and Ryan Dey all were awarded with honorable mention. Those who earned awards in the ninth- through 12th-grade team project division are the following: first place, Shawn Heacock, Andy Ockels and Kirt Pepper; second place, Jayme Barr and Katie Owens; third, Paul Hester and Sara Lekites; and honorable men- tion, Brian Keuski and Michael Wright, and Tracey Condon and Kayla Ulrich. Other team project award winners are Heath Folms- bee and Brett Williams, Julie Ware and Chrysta Chaya and Car- rie Litke and Ajay Naimani. Ninth-grade honors physical science teacher Brandt said that the teachers have wonderful stu- dents and they are very proud of all of the participants. She said students worked independently on projects and did not use class time for research or design All first-,' second- and third- place winners qualify to compete in the regional science fair in Philadelphia in April.All students in Brandt's honors physical sci- ence, Schroeder's honors and col- lege prep science and Geppart's honors chemistry participated in the Sussex science fair. Included in those ninth-graders who pre- pared projects are Margaret Cros- by, Megan Dean, Jennifer Ger- hard, Howe Guan, Leah Hoenen, Clara Hollingsworth, Gina Kaye, Megan McFee, Jordan Moore, Vanessa Morris, Elizabeth Red- den, B.J. Savage, Andrew Ullman and Steve Welch. Additional 10th grade partici- Continued on page 51 Rosanne Pack photos All in the family, brothers Shawn, left, and Rahul Sukumar each earned first place honors in their divisions in the recent Sussex County Science Fair. Rahul also won a $50 U.S. Savings Bond for placing second in a best of show competition spon- sored by the Department of Natural Resources and Environ- mental Control. Cape Henl0 )en School District menus The many Cape Henlopen High School winners of all the team project competitions and sec- ond, third and honorable mention winners for individual competition show off their projects, ribbons and plaques. The Cape Henlopen School District Menu for the week of March 30-April 3 Elementary and middle schools: Monday, March 30 - Hot dog on roll, meatball sub or sandwich choice; choice of two sides, including baked beans, sauerkraut, chicken noodle soup, fresh fruit, orange or apple juice. Tuesday, March 31 - Cheeseburger on bun, pizza or sandwich choice; choice of two sides, including vegetable soup, pudding, fresh fruit, orange or apple juice. Wednesday, April 1 - "Breakfast at Noon," sausage patty or sand- wich choice; choice of two sides, including French toast sticks, hash brown, applesauce, fresh fruit, orange or apple juice. Thursday, April 2, - Meat taco, burritos or sandwich choice; choice of two sides, including corn, tomato/lettuce, Spanish rice, diced peaches, fresh fruit, orange or apple juice. (Meal includes combread) Friday, April 3 - Cheeseburger on bun, pizza or sandwich; choice of two sides, including peas, carrots and celery sticks with peanut butter, The first signs of spring blossom in Cape district The first signs of spring. OM (Odyssey of the Mind) is over. The leprechauns are gone. Soccer has moved outdoors. Creativity is alive and well in Delaware! The Odyssey of the Mind state finals were recently held at Sussex Central. There were so many cars I had to park a mile away from the school! Parent involvement runs high in Odyssey of the Mind. Students in strange and wonder- ful costumes had eight minutes to perform their pieces before judges and an apprehensive audience. The competition was intense, yet in some ways served to bring the team members closer together. This is a school-sponsored activity but parents in the Cape Henlopen District volunteer to SCHOOL JOURNAL Diane Albanese coach. Coaching is an awesome commitment because is fierce and the pace can be frenzied. A grate- ful education community, salutes the parents who coached OM. Also a huge thank you goes out to Anne Hilton who coordinates the Cape Henlopen teams and serves as the state OM treasurer. The only downer was the stag- ing,of the awards ceremonies in Del Tech's auditorium. The crowd could have filled it five times over. Hundreds of people were forced to kill time by walking around. Most were amiable, but the space was simply inadequate and the plan- ning left a lot to be desired. I began thinking, once again, just how desperately our area needs a large facility to accommodate large groups. There are simply no large auditoriums in this area. Can't organizations work together to create a community facility? Leprechaun sighting s. Perhaps you weren't as lucky, but in my house there were leprechauns on the lurch last week. "Twas all brought about by a wee lad who created a special leprechaun trap for a class project. Ms. Merz and Ms, Wingate of Rehoboth Ele- mentary had to be thinking 'pot of gold' when they dreamed up this idea. Their second-graders had to come up with structures that would capture those elusive little creatures. The leprechauns were caught only long enough to drop some gold coins .filled with choco- late! Better luck next year, kids! Indoor soccer. Last week marked the official end of YMCA's indoor soccer season. It was absolutely delightful to watch the battle it out in tourna- ments. The teams were evenly matched, the coaches were instructive, the boys and girls were poetic in their effort to work together and score to win. Much credit should go to Rober- ta Thomas, the volunteer sports coordinator, who gaye time and effort so this program could run smoothly. Many thanks to Rober- ta; Ryan Thoma, the YMCA pro- gram director; and the volunteer coaches for a quality season. Children in the community always benefit when volunteers support activities that extend and enrich. Diane Saienni Albanese is a parent and educator in the Cape Henlopen School District and at Delaware Tech.