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Bishop O’Connell Students Awarded at Science Fair

Sofia DiBenigno advances to the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair.

Sofia DiBenigno advances to the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair.

Five students from Bishop O'Connell High School presented independent research projects at the Northern Virginia Regional Science Fair held at Wakefield High School in early March. All five of them returned to school with multiple awards and recognition.

Junior Sofia DiBenigno's project, entitled "The Effect of Subliminal Messaging on Survey Responses," won first place in the Behavioral Science category and an invitation to the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair. DiBenigno also received recognition from several organizations, including the Office of Naval Research, the American Psychological Association, and the CIA.

"Potential for Life on Gliese 581g" was the title of junior Eric Cocoli's project. This project won third place in the Earth and Space Science category. He was also recognized for his work by the National Space Club and the Optical Society of America.

Sophomore Alessandro Luna presented his work entitled "The Effects of Nicotine on the Cellular Respiration of Saccharomyces cerevisie." This project won second place in the Biochemistry category and received accolades from the Patent & Trademark Office Society, the CIA and several dental societies.

Sophomore Maya Retterer's project, entitled "UV Protection of Waterproof Sunscreen," won third place in the Microbiology category. She also received recognition from the U.S. Public Health Service, the CIA and the Patent & Trademark Office Society.

"Pain Killers Do Not JU.S.t Kill Pain" was the title of sophomore Patrick Reyes. This project won third place in the Medicine and Health category and was also recognized by the Public Health Service.

AWARDS

  • Sofia DiBenigno (Junior)

“The Effect of Subliminal Messaging on Survey Responses”

1st Place - Behavioral Science

Moving forward to attend VA State Science & Engineering Fair

1st Place - Certificate of Achievement, Medallion, $50 Monetary Award, U.S. Navy & Marine Corp, Office of Naval Research

1st Place - Certificate of Achievement, American Psychological Association

1st Place - Invitation to CIA Recognition Ceremony, Central Intelligence Agency

1st Place - Certificate of Achievement, Patent & Trademark Office Society

Honorable Mention - Certificate of Achievement Behavioral & Social Sciences, Northern Virginia Dental Society

Honorable Mention - Certificate of Achievement Behavioral & Social Sciences, Virginia Dental Association

  • Eric Cocoli (Junior)

Potential for Life on Gliese 581g

3rd Place - Earth & Space Science

1st Place - Certificate of Achievement, $300 Monetary Award, National Space Club

Honorable Mention - Certificate of Achievement, Optical Society of America

  • Alessandro Luna (Sophomore)

The Effects of Nicotine on the Cellular Respiration of Saccharomyces cerevisie

2nd Place - Biochemistry

1st Place - Certificate of Achievement, Patent & Trademark Office Society

Achievement Recognition - Central Intelligence Agency

Honorable Mention - Certificate of Achievement Biochemistry, Northern Virginia Dental Society

Honorable Mention - Certificate of Achievement Biochemistry, Virginia Dental Association

  • Maya Retterer (Sophomore)

UV Protection of Waterproof Sunscreens

3rd Place - Microbiology

1st Place - Distinguished Achievement, U.S. Public Health Service, Commissioned Officers Association

Achievement Recognition - Central Intelligence Agency

Honorable Mention - Patent & Trademark Office Society

Patrick Reyes (Sophomore)

Pain Killers Do Not JU.S.t Kill Pain

3rd Place - Medicine & Health

Honorable Mention - Certificate of Achievement, Medallion, U.S. Public Health Service, Commissioned Officers Association.