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2006 Calumet Regional Science Fair and Art Exhibit winners announced

The 50th Annual Calumet Regional Science Fair and Associated Art Exhibit was held March 11-12, 2006, at IU Northwest. Nearly 140 students in grades 5-12 from the Lake County area participated in the two day event. For many students involved, their experiments were a culmination of more than a years worth of work. More than 60 judges sat and listened while the students explained their experiments several times over. The judges were professors from IU Northwest and Purdue University Calumet, local industry professionals, and science students from the two universities. 225 prizes in more than 20 categories were awarded at the ceremony which was held at the end of the second day of the fair in the Theater Northwest on campus.

IU Northwest recognized the top winners in the three divisions; Elementary Division, Junior Division, and Senior Division. The following is a list of the top winners, and their respective schools, in each category:

Elementary Division: 3rd Place- Tie- Diamond Nunnaly, Kenwood Middle School-


Samantha Block, Franklin Elementary School-


2nd Place- Melissa Hodge, Merkley Elementary School-


1st Place- Tie- Trace McCarthy, Protsman Elementary- Dyer

Zachary Lawson, Watson Elementary- Schererville

Junior Division: 3rd Place- Alexander Schindler Kahler Middle School- Dyer

2nd Place- Austin Englebrecht Grimmer Middle School-


1st Place- Corey Homcho, Kahler Middle School- Dyer

Senior Division: 5th Place- Charlene Strong, Campagna Academy- Schererville

4th Place- Raymond Davis, Campagna Academy- Schererville

3rd Place- Brian Cherbak, Hanover Central High School-

Cedar Lake

2nd Place- Alesandra Vaccaro, Campagna Academy-


1st Place- Nhila Jagadeesan, Lake Central High School-

St. John

The first and second place winners in the Senior Division, Vaccaro and Jagadeesan, will be representing the Calumet Regional Science Fair as finalists at the International Science and Engineering Fair in May of this year. The remaining winners in that division, along with the three Junior Division winners, will be competing at the Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair on April 1, 2006.

For more information on the annual Calumet Regional Fair contact Linda Wozniewski at 219-980-6637 or email



Media Contact:

Michelle Searer

Pictured are top overall winners, left to right: Alesandra Vaccaro, Campagna Academy, Schererville and Nhila Jagadeesan, Lake Central High School, St. John
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