Okaloosa County Students Excel at ISEF Competition

Camille Miles (Niceville High School), Lauren Matthews (Niceville High School), Chase Cleveland (Fort Walton Beach High School), Connor Cleveland (Fort Walton Beach High School) and Daniel Bobbitt (Niceville High School), represented the Okaloosa County School District recently at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Phoenix, Arizona.

According to the Intel ISEF website, Intel ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition.  Approximately 1,700 high school students from more 75 countries, regions, and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for approximately $4 million in prizes.  Today, millions of students worldwide compete each year in local and school-sponsored science fairs; the winners of these events go on to participate in SSP-affiliated regional and state fairs from which the best win the opportunity to attend Intel ISEF.  Intel ISEF unites these top young scientific minds, showcasing their talents on an international stage, where doctoral level scientists review and judge their work.

“All of these students did an amazing job and were supported by their science teachers who were also in attendance for this lifetime experience,” said Neely Calhoun, the district’s Regional Science Fair Director.

Camille Miles placed 4th in the Energy: Chemical Category and received a $500 prize with her project entitled - Black Silicon Inflatable Hybrid Solar Power, a 3rd Year Study.  Camille was also contacted by one of the Grand Award Judges wanting to discuss her project in further detail and assist with next year.

Lauren Matthews received a Full Tuition Presidential Scholarship to Florida Institute of Technology with her project entitled - Evaluating the Potential of Micro Algae as an Inoculant for Pulses: Ideal Conditions for Indoor Farming, Year Four of an Ongoing Project.

“This is a lifetime experience that will keep them motivated for future projects and will help them gain knowledge from some of the top scientists around the world.  They are our future!!” said Calhoun.

Pictured above are Camille Miles (NHS), Lauren Matthews (NHS), Chase Cleveland (FWBHS), Neely Calhoun (Fair Director), Connor Cleveland (FWBHS) and Daniel Bobbitt (NHS).