Awards Ceremony March 22
Awards Ceremony March 22

2020 Awards

Awards were announced for 138 students during a March 2020 awards ceremony moved to YouTube due to CoVID-19 closures.  Plaques, cash prizes and other awards were delivered to sponsoring schools in May.


Six middle school projects and six high school projects advanced to compete at the Nebraska Junior Academy of Sciences state science fair.  These projects were:


Junior Division (Grades 6-8)




Project Title

Anuj Singh

Kiewit Middle School

Gut Dysbiosis and Health: Functional Characterization Using C. elegans as a Model

Yonatan Clarke

King Science & Technology Magnet

Powering the Odes

Ella Holtzclaw

McMillan Magnet Center

Let’s Clear the Air 

Pavithra Raghavan

King Science & Technology Magnet

Wrecking Radiation

Ellis Yamamoto

McMillan Magnet Center

From Plant to Paper

Hafsa Mohammed

McMillan Magnet Center

To Be or Not to Be, Mars Is the Question”


Senior Division (Grades 9-12)




Project Title

Sydney Schilling

Zoo Academy/Omaha Central

Nutritional Formulation Study: Experimental Low-fat Diet for Captive Maned Wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus)

Anvitha Boosani

Millard North High School

Preventing LDL-induced Trained Immunity in Atherosclerosis through T-cell Engineering

Audrey Anderson

Zoo Academy/Omaha North

Resilin Distribution and Abundance in Apis mellifera Wing Joints across Biological Age Classes

Abigail Swoboda

UNMC High School Alliance/Bellevue West

Investigation of the Role of the Chlamydial Protease Ct441

Kaitlyn Engel

Omaha Central HS

A Case Study of the Platte: The Effect of Tributaries on a River's Water Quality

Grace Turner

Omaha Central HS

Designing an App to Improve Diabetes Care for Those Without Access to Current Medical Technology


In a special presentation during the awards ceremony, Omaha McMillan Magnet teacher John Huber was recognized for his contributions to support and inspire his students to conduct science research and for his willingness to assist colleagues at other schools.

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