Congratulations to Sixth Grade student Olivia Cevasco, who placed second at the California State Science Fair. She now qualifies for the national Broadcom MASTERS Competition.
Olivia was honored for her submission to the Microbiology (Medical) Junior Division, in which she determined that Staphylococcus bacteria is resistant to human tears. If you’d like to read more about Olivia’s project, “Healing Tears,” click here.
The Half Moon Bay Review also published an article about her experience:
A local sixth-grader’s science fair project will now move on to the national competition level after placing second in its category at the California State Science Fair last week.
Sea Crest School student Olivia Cevasco took home a medal in the medical microbiology category for “Healing Tears.” For her project, she tested how well tears could kill bacteria against several known antibacterial treatments. She found that Bactine was most successful at killing staphylococcus aureus. Cevasco also found that human tears didn’t work at all.
By winning second place at the state fair, held May 23-24 at the University of Southern California, Cevasco now qualifies for the national Broadcom MASTERS (math, applied science, technology and engineering for rising starts) Competition. In that contest, hundreds of top projects in the country are whittled down to 300, then to the top 30.
“Olivia is now looking forward to applying to this national fair, so she will be busy for sure!” mother Lilia Cevasco wrote in an email to the Review.
Cevasco was one of two Coastside students to go to the state fair. Cunha Intermediate School eighth-grader Sonya Cullen’s project “Ghost Fishing,” on alternatives to cotton twine for crab traps qualified but did not place among the winners.
Cullen wrote in an email that attending the state fair was “one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.
“I am very proud to have made it that far,” she wrote. “I met many teens like myself that enjoy science and want to pursue STEM-related careers.”