St. Anthony High School Students Receive Awards at LA County Science Fair

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Photo of all SAHS students that participated in the Science Fair; Winning awards were Diana Palma first from the left in the front row, Thomas Mbadugha second from the left in the back row, and Clarissa Tacto first from the right in the front row.  Also, their teacher, Dr. Gian Grant, is second from the right in the front row.

Photo of all SAHS students that participated in the Science Fair; Winning awards were Diana Palma first from the left in the front row, Thomas Mbadugha second from the left in the back row, and Clarissa Tacto first from the right in the front row. Also, their teacher, Dr. Gian Grant, is second from the right in the front row.

On Saturday, March 28th, three St. Anthony High School (SAHS) 11th grade students Diana Palma, Thomas Mbadugha and Clarissa Tacto took home awards from the LA County Science Fair for their exceptional projects out of the nine students who participated from SAHS.

Diana Palma won 2nd place in the Senior Chemistry Division for her project “Polystyrene and its Effectiveness of Removing Calcium and Magnesium from Water”.  Diana created a filter using recycled plastic soda dividers and coffee cups to remove calcium and magnesium ions from water.  She received a $50 cash award and qualified to participate in the California State Science Fair at the California Science Center on May 18-19, 2015.

The second student Thomas Mbadugha won the 2nd place award from the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) with a $150 cash award for his project “Speed Rust”.  Thomas put nails of different metals into water to study the chemical reaction of rusting.

The third student Clarissa Tacto won Excellence in Vacuum or Surface Chemistry presented by the American Vacuum Society with a $100 cash award for her project “The Transference of Nicotine through Drinking Glasses”.  Clarissa researched how nicotine could be transferred from one person to another through contact with drinking glasses.

“It is such an exciting event for the students to showcase what they’ve learned at St. Anthony High School”, said Dr. Gian Grant, the students’ chemistry teacher. “They spent so much time on their research, and this event will allow their work to improve even more.”

Founded in 1920, St. Anthony High School continues its mission is to provide a small school, high-quality, affordable, college preparatory, private education to students from diverse cultures and economic backgrounds in the greater Long Beach area, through spiritual, academic and extracurricular programs that enable them to become productive members of a complex technological and global society.

For more information, please visit St. Anthony High School’s website at www.longbeachsaints.org, or contact Laura Romero, Alumni Affairs & Public Relations Coordinator, at (562) 435-4496 ext. 1229 or at Laura.Romero@longbeachsaints.org

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