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Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board president, speaks with David Mesa, an 8th grader at Beasley Academic Center, about his science project titled “Compsite vs. Wood.”
125 science-minded students from 16 Chicago Public Schools took part in the 2012 CZS Science Fair on Friday, Feb. 3. Judges included Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, Corey Correnti, senior vice president of marketing, sales, and supply for BP Products North America, Inc., Anita Alexander, Program Officer for Motorola Solutions Foundation, Eddie Arruza, correspondent and segment host for WTTW-TV’s Chicago Tonight, and Andrea Zopp, president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, along with CZS Staff and Volunteers.


Eddie Arruza, correspondent and segment host for WTTW-TV’s Chicago Tonight, interviews Jemima Adeyinka, a 7th grader at Beasley Academic Center, about her science project titled “Drink at Your Own Risk.”

Here are the winners of each division:

4th and 5th Grade

  • 1st Place: Nubia Roman--To Rot or Not to Rot
  • 2nd Place: Kimberly Rivera, Alonso Montoya, & Sonny Aguero--Grass is Always Greener?
  • 3rd Place: Yesenia Rivera--Parallel Current
6th and 7th Grade
  • 1st Place: Christian Rice--Effects of Surfaces on Speed
  • 2nd Place: Samuel Mesa--The Antibacterial & Antioxidant Effects of Garlic
  • 3rd Place: Cameron White--The Toothpaste Race
8th and 9th Grade
  • 1st Place: Asma Shuaibi--Do Magnets Affect the Growth of Great Northern Beans?
  • 2nd Place: Karina Uteras--Can People Visually Tell the Difference?
  • 3rd Place: Yasmeen Zuri--Which Gender Smells Best?
Other winners included:

“BP Future Scientist Award” went to Jalen Jackson, a 6th grader
Project Name: Super Cooling Water
School: Edward Beasley Elementary Magnet Academic Center

FPD “Wild About Nature” Award: Vanessa Gonzalez, a 9th grader
Project Name: What pH Do Freshwater Goldfish Thrive In?
School: Charles Allen Prosser Career Academy

FPD “Wild About Nature” Award: Natalie Bobrowska, an 8th grader
Project Name: Vibrant Solar Rays
School: Robert L. Grimes Elementary School

FPD “Wild About Nature” Award: Favio Saabedra, a 7th grader
Project Name: Does Color Affect Plant Growth?
School: Adlai E. Stevenson Elementary School