Southeast Volusia Audubon Society, P.O. Box 46, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170;

Tomoka Science Fair

As has been our pleasure for the last twelve years or so, SEVAS has joined with the Halifax River and West Volusia Audubon clubs to support the Tomoka Science Fair sponsored by the Volusia County Public Schools.  We each provide a judge and $100 in prizes for best and second best projects in areas of interest to our missions.  Each first prize winner (Sr and Jr) receives a $100 check and the second place winner receives a $50 check.

This year’s fair was held on January 30th at Atlantic High.  Judges included Fred Mosher from Halifax River, Eli Schaperow from West Volusia and me.

We all enjoyed interacting with the students and providing the prizes to encourage them to future projects in conservation, environment, alternative energy, etc.

The winners were:

First prize Senior was won by Sydney Volenec, Spruce Creek High School for her project on the detection of genetically modified DNA in corn-based food products.

First Place Junior was Julia Van Cleet, David Hinson Middle School for her project on identifying the best place  along the U.S> coast to build a wave energy system.

Second place Senior was Quinn Zacharias, Deland High School for his project onRose Bay: A Disaster to a Legacy.

Second Place Junior was Shelby Hatecke of Burns Sci-tech Charter School in Oak Hill with a project on Predator or Prey.

Our congratulations to these students and their schools.