Westlake Science Fair 2019

The eighth annual Westlake Science Fair was held on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Westlake High School. This year, 260 1st-year science research students from 16 schools presented poster boards of their proposed research to over 175 judges. Students spent approximately 15 minutes presenting their research to four separate judges.  Judges included graduating seniors who have been part of the science research program.

This year, Westlake has 6 sophomores taking part in the science research program: Phoebe Barnes, Olivia Cartano, Richard Clarke, Aimee Holland, Julie Pinchiaroli and Pranav Vadapalli. 

Congratulations to the following Westlake students who received awards for their presentations: 

Phoebe Barnes won 3rd Place in Medicine & Health for her proposed research “Investigating Sleep Fragmentation: The Effects of Decreased Neuron Discharge of Acetylcholine on Cognition in Mice.” Phoebe will be conducting original research this summer at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY.

Olivia Cartano won 1st Place in Medicine & Health for her proposed research “Reevaluating the Standard of Care in Oropharyngeal Cancer: Investigating Toxicity and Survival Rates of Radiotherapy Plus Cisplatin or Cetuximab.” Olivia will be conducting her original research this summer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY. 

 Aimee Holland won 2nd Place in Earth & Planetary Science/Physics for her proposed research “Establishing a Baseline Rate of Micrometeorite Deposition through 230Th Analysis and Microscopic Observations.” Aimee will be conducting her original research at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, NY.

Pranav Vadapalli won 2nd Place in Engineering for his proposed research “Cutting Edge Technology: Quality Correction of Surface Roughness Using Non-Contact Sensors.” Pranav will be conducting his original research at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT.  


Lawrence McIntyre, director of the science research program and the event coordinator, extends a sincere thank you to all the  Westlake student and parent volunteers, custodians, and particularly Westlake teachers Brian McClintockGabriella Castillo and Lauren Laccetti who helped run this fair. He enthuses, "Without everyone's help, this fair would not be possible."