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PANORAMA Palos Verdes Peninsula

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No. 220 • March 3, 2018


Opening Day On The Hill . . . All four Peninsula Little Leagues held Opening Day ceremonies last week with team floats and parades, great food and lots of baseball games.

Abracadabra . . . The Gryffindors are making magic playing fast-pitch softball at Cornerstone School.

PVBA Playoffs

It’s Championship Weekend

PVBA holds its championship games this weekend at Peninsula High. See Pages 19-20

• Winter and spring action collide with PVBA finals this weekend and Little League action is underway now. Little League Opening Day was held last week with games played all over the Peninsula while PVBA held its playoffs. The action does not stop. Next edition of PANORAMA on March 17 includes Whale of the Day and the beginning of high school and middle school spring sports. Plus more baseball, softball, volleyball, lacrosse and more cool stuff.

Junior League Opens . . .

The new Peninsula Junior League opened last week.

Peninsula High Purple . . . Peninsula High students begin their annual "Walk for Life."

PV Basketball

JV Team Wins Bay League

Coach John Schweisberger led the young Sea Kings to a 19-3 record. See Page 20

Science Fair

More Medallions

Peninsula and Palos Verdes high school students at District Science Fair. See Pages 4-5


High School Surf Competes

Palos Verdes and Peninsula high school surf teams compete at Torrance Beach. See Page 23

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PEN Students Hold Annual Walk for Life Service • Annual charity event took place at Peninsula High and Highridge Park.

By Nina Li Every year, around 13 million individuals are diagnosed with cancer, which changes their life forever. Peninsula High School raises money and awareness for cancer research through their annual Walk for Life event. Walk for Life is a way for students, teachers and the community to come together for a cause. It helps people realize how drastically cancer impacts a life. The walk was on Feb. 15, but the planning of the event was a long, collaborative effort between Service Learning Leadership (SLL) and Peninsula’s Associated Student Body (ASB). The committee from SLL included Kaelyn Arcilla, Victoria Mansukhani, Ari Cho, Ariana Bucur, Christine Cervana, Monet Shibata, Payton Chi, Michelle Fredericks and Maya Ady.

“Preparing for this event has been a lot of work,” Victoria Mansukhani said. “We have to plan all the little details that I would not have thought of before I was on the committee.” The proceeds from Walk for Life are donated to City of Hope and the Cancer Support Community, both of which are organizations that research and work towards finding cures and building a network of people to provide support to the patient and their families. “I am most excited to walk with my friends and raise money for such a great cause,” Mansukhani said. “One day cancer will not be an issue, but until then we will continue to give hope.” The event begins with a carnival,


Purple Skies Highlight The Walk . . . Among the events and traditions, Peninsula High students begin the Walk for Life by throwing bags of purple powder into the air to mark the beginning of their walk to Highridge Park. where clubs sell food and drinks before the walk. During that time, students who signed up to donate their get trimmed by professional hairdressers. “The committees in both classes have been looking for volunteers to cut people’s hair for donations as well as finding sponsors to donate money or snacks for the end of the walk,” Kaelyn Arcilla said. ASB has been organizing the rose ceremony for before the walk and SLL decorated the school with posters and balloons. After the carnival, walkers and ambassadors wen to the bleachers where Season Pollock, the ASB director introduced dance groups, singers and other performances. She read the names of those who have been affected by cancer and a rose dedicated to them was placed in a vase by a Walk for Life Ambassador. Each student is given a bag of purple powder and thrown into the air to kick off the walk in an exciting and hopeful way. The walk wondered from Peninsula High to Highridge Park and when the walkers arrived at the destination, they are provided with snacks and drinks. “The walk is always fun and inspirational,” Ari Cho said. “The energy and excitement of the crowd is so rewarding in itself and being able to walk for a great cause is always a benefit.” In previous years, the walk has generated more than $50,000 for donations, and each year the Panthers help and contribute. The donations are made by companies that ambassadors reached out to as well as family members.



Each ambassador sent out a total of 15 letters to family, friends, or companies and that makes up the majority of the funds that are used to donate. With the help of the students, parents, teachers and community, Peninsula is able to bring a feeling of hope and life into this day. “I want to make a change even if it is the slightest change for people who have to cope with cancer,” Maya Ady said.

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“I know many people who mean so much to me that are dealing with cancer or who have passed away from cancer and it has affected me deeply. It is unfair for people to suffer from something that can be possibly cured. This is such an important cause and I am glad we can make an impact. Without the compassion that the Peninsula students have, we would not be able to do what we do.”

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Science Projects Take A Love Of Labor

• The District Science Fair showcases months of work and discovery.

study, as well as a results section that is further discussed in the discussion section. Additionally, students are required to make a board that represents their information in a summarized form. These boards are required to be printed through a copying business and end up costing each student approximately $120.

By Lily Shah Peninsula and Palos Verdes high schools held their annual Science and Engineering Fair at the South Coast Botanicala Garden on Friday, with more than 100 students present projects in several different fields of study. The students participating in the fair are part of the Science Research class offered at their respective schools. In the several months leading up to the fair, students develop a project and carry out their research either independently, with a mentor, or with another

All In A Days Work . . . PV High student Morgan Farrier spent the morning competing on the Sea King surf team before competing at the District Science Fair in Physics.

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Family and friends are on hand to see the work of future doctors and scientists. student in the class. Some students even spend multiple years working on the same project or altering a few variables but continuing the same path of study. Some students choose to work with a professional mentor that they have connections with or that they met through the networking event that is held by the Science Research teacher, Melissa Klose, during the beginning of the school year. Participants in the fair are required to write a full report on their study. The report must include background information that they used to formulate their hypotheses as well as information on the subject, the materials needed and the processes to complete the

On the day of the fair, participants present their projects to numerous judges. Each judge has a slot of 12 minutes with each student they have taken an interest in their project. Within these 12 minutes the students are to explain their process behind their project, their results, and what they have concluded from these results, as well as answering the questions that the judges. Typically, each student has the op-

portunity to talk to three or more judges. At the end of the judging session, the judges come together to determine what award each student will get: first, second, third place or an honorable mention within their individual categories. Although a stressful experience, the work students put into their projects pays off. These students present groundbreaking, revolutionary research on topics which foreshadows the work that they will continue to do within their professional careers.

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• Early STEM programs payoff for Peninsula High senior

By Nina Li The field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is vast and growing each year as more and more students participate. At Peninsula High School, many students take the Science Research class in which students work on their own science project and present the results of their work at the annual Science Fair. Senior Alisa Hathaway has been a part of science research since her freshman year and is a prominent figure in the science field. She participated in her first science fair in fourth grade, and she took first place at this year’s science fair in the field of physics. “I came up with my experiment this year because I am aware of all the current shooting at schools and violence

internationally, and I wanted to do something about it,” Hathaway said. “The issue is that bombs and IEDs are so easy to make in comparison to the amount of money and time it takes to detect them, and I wanted to make it better,” she said. The Science Research class is led by Melissa Klose, a Peninsula alumnus who has been teaching chemistry for three years and also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Science for Environmental Science from UCLA. Klose helps students come up with ideas as well as guide them throughout the whole process of completing their experiments. “Students usually just read a lot of articles at the beginning of the year to try to find something that they are interested in,” Klose said. “I can help them develop a project based off what they find. I also hold seminars where students exchange ideas. Some students get research opportunities at labs, including LA Biomed, Cabrillo Aquarium and USC,

and their mentors guide them to develop a project of their own. “Some students also develop their questions based on concepts they learn in their normal science classes, and try to tie in what they learned to their project.” Hathaway’s project was titled “Detection of Improvised Explosive Devices using a Phased Array Radar System.” “Initially, I had to figure out what I wanted to do — then, I built a circuit board and designed it, then created

my antennas and designed those, and tested my RADAR design and accuracy of it,” Hathaway said. Hathaway is currently also involved in Technology Student Association as well as Cyber Patriots. She plans to pursue Electrical Engineering and Computer Science during college. “I enjoy working with students one-on-one because it allows me to get to know each student and their interests, and gives students the attention they need to succeed in this class,” Klose said. “I want my students to understand the scientific process, and to realize that science is a creative subject, involving problem solving and critical thinking skills. I think it is a great opportunity for them to learn about what interests them most, and to learn about the process of science. They get a deeper understanding of the concepts that way, and the learning is more meaningful.”

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Science Science! Fair Highlights The Best • The South Coast Botanic Garden hosts the annual District Science Fair last week.

By Asumi Shuda

Sea Kings Hard At Work . . . Palos

Verdes High Principal Dr. Charles Park talks with student Savannah Scriven about her Environmental Science project.

Your Donations At Work . . .

Executive Director of the Peninsula Education Foundation Christine Byrne was on hand to congratulate all the students on their hard work.

Up on the Hill, Peninsula and Palos Verdes high school students dedicate their time to both their studies and extracurricular activities, ranging from sports to school competitions. One event in particular took place at the South Bay Botanical Garden on Feb. 23; the annual Palos Verdes Peninsula Science and Engineering Fair (PVPSEF). This yearly event features the work of some of the best science research students in Palos Verdes, with the 13 finalists advancing into the next level of competition. With Peninsulas High science research teacher Melissa Grace Klose as support and guidance, these remarkable students have shown insight into the science field. Competition this year was centered on the following categories: Animal Science, Behavioral Science, Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Medical, Microbiology, and Physics. Kevin Sun, Yeji Allyson Ee, Albert Tan, Suraj Anand, Rei Landsberger, and Alisa Hathaway placed first in Behavioral Science, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, and Physics. The next competition, the L.A. County Science Fair, will be held in Pasadena March 22-24. “It was amazing to see the work I

First Place Winners . . . Austin Nash and Rei Landsberger accept awards at the 2018 District Science Fair at the Botanic Gardens last week.

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Roasted Chickpeas Make A Great Substitute For Chips A Culinary Journey By Alexis Ferguson I must admit, I love to eat snacks. Whether it is after school or a midday treat, I always seem to find myself searching for snacks. I wanted to share with you my favorite easy snacks. Right now, I love chickpeas and although hummus is a great snack, roasted chickpeas are simple yet delicious. What I love about roasted chickpeas is how easy the recipe is and how I always seem to have chickpeas in my pantry. I start by draining the chickpeas, give them a good rinse, and then dry the chickpeas with a paper towel. I pour the chickpeas on a sheet pan and then toss them in olive oil and a small amount of salt. The cooking process takes the most time, about an hour. I put the chickpeas in a 400-degree oven for 30 minutes. I give the pan a good shake and then pop it back in the oven for another 30 minutes. To make sure I get the crunchi-

ness I want, I let the chickpeas sit and cool for about an hour and then I package them. I love this snack because I always have the ingredients, and I also am eating something healthier than chips. I love peanut butter so much and am always craving it.

To satisfy my peanut butter craving, I cut a banana into small rounds and then place a dollop of peanut butter on top. You can eat the snack like this, but I like to put it in the freezer for a little while to make the snack super cold. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at

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ated their own water filter using plastic cups, coffee filters and gravel. The kids constructed the filter, poured dirty water through it, and watched as cleaner water dripped out of the filter’s bottom. Everyone then took their filtered

water to the fourth station where they used a test strip to determine what minerals where in their filtered water. The water filter demonstration served as a model for water in nature that starts as rain and becomes groundwater. Families went home with a better understanding of the water all around them in nature. The next Kids Club event, “Bug Hunt,” is on March 11 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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School and Student Safety On Campus

Column By Nina Li

In light of the horrific event that recently occurred in Florida, schools across the nation have taken the initiative to strengthen the protection of their campuses and ensure the safety of their students. Students, parents and community members in many states are also stepping up, participating in walkouts and protests against gun violence and demanding better gun control laws. In the Palos Verdes area, the threats of a school shooter are minimal compared to those in other districts. However, that does not guarantee that there will never be one. Peninsula has a lock-

down drill once a year, briefly explaining what to do in case of an active shooter coming on campus. The drills are held during class time, when students are under the control of their teachers. But what happens if this were to happen during lunch or a passing period? Since we live in a community where students are not frequently exposed to dangerous situations, many cannot even imagine something like this happening. But, then again, the students in Florida did not see it coming either. We walk around campus laughing with our friends, learning in the classrooms and participating in all our extracurriculars activities without giving our

own safety a second thought because we know we are safe. We know that the teachers, staff and administrators have a plan that will be put into action when it comes down to it. Parents drop off their children everyday and leave them there for eight hours and more because they know they are under the protection of everyone on the campus. We are blessed to be in an area where we take the necessary precautions to limit the danger that could potentially present itself on school campuses. However, there’s no such thing as too much preparation. While all classrooms were issued black felt pieces that cover up the windows on the doors, there are

huge gaping windows in the middle of the classroom with no blinds. While there are drills for lock-downs, students do not take them as seriously as they should. In the eyes of students and the administrator alike, everything might seem trivial until something actually happens. But it should not take someone to come onto campus and fire a shot for the school to implement a change. Not only does my heart go out to the people in Florida who were affected, but also to those students who had the courage to stand up and take charge; their voices echoing nationwide. Nina Li is a junior at Peninsula High and Opinion Editor of the campus newspaper the Pen.

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Junior League Begins First Season Junior League

• The Palos Verdes Peninsula Junior League began its spring season last week with three games at Ernie Howlett Park. The Angels began the 2018 season with a 13-2 win over the Red Sox while the Rockies downed the Dodgers, 164. Junior League is for 12-14 year-old baseball players that have graduated from the Little League Major Division. Games are played at Ernie Howlett Park and beginning March 20 on the newly refurbished George Allen Field.

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Little League Begins 2018 Spring Season Baseball

• All four Peninsula Little Leagues began their spring seasons last week with Opening Day ceremonies and numerous baseball games. For off-season field improvements, Rolling Hills Little League expanded its snack shack area with a large service bar, while Palos Verdes Little League installed tough-turf in its foul territory at Valmonte Field. Silver Spur Little League expanded its infield and pitcher’s mound with new clay while seeded its lush green outfield.

On Target . . . The old Panorama camera guy will be busy the next four months covering Peninsula baseball teams. And a few other things.

East Coast Dodgers . . .

The Intermediate Division Brooklyn Dodgers are set to play at Lunada Bay Little League this season.

Angels In The Mood To Dance . . . The Major Division Angels couldn’t help but dance to the Opening Day music at Silver Spur Little League.

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Extremly Famous Update

Opening Day Drama Hits Major Division Games

Little League

• All Peninsula snack shacks have offically opened for spring sports.

By Timothy Niemann


So here’s the deal. We usually do not publish the “take a picture of me,” “hey camera guy,” “make me famous,” etc photographs until around April and May. That’s around the time everyone on the Peninsula gets a little funny in the head about the upcoming summer. However, if we start getting a lot of requests for instant fame, then we’ll start publishing the Extremely Famous Peninsula People photos early. Remember, don’t climb on the roofs of Valmonte School and start “dabbing” for the camera. And don’t mug for the camera in the middle of the game - though that seems to be a high school issue.

Palos Verdes Little League opened its 2018 baseball season last Saturday, with Major Division teams playing their first games. For the 12-year-olds, this would be their last Opening Day. And the games didn’t disappoint. In the first game, the Royals faced the Giants. In the bottom of the first, the Royals scored three runs, and it was a ranaway from there. Oscar Park hit two homeruns, and the Royals ended up winning,16-3, in dominating fashion. The second game, though, was a nailbiter. The Red Sox and Pirates battled it out until the end. In the bottom of the first, Danny Stender hit a bomb that turned into a double and drove in a run. The Pirates, came back, though. In the third, Sirhondes Williams, V, doubled to drive in a run. He and Joey Balcom would later score. The Red Sox scored one run to cut the Pirates’ lead to one, but the Pirates scored three more to lead 5-2. But Patrick Roche was a beast on the mound. He threw three shutout innings and only gave up one hit. In the fifth inning,

Going Going Gone . . . The Red

Sox Danny Stender watches the ball clear the fence during Major Division action on Opening Day.

the Sox tied the game at five. The game went into extra innings. The Pirates failed to score in the top half of the first extra inning. Then, in the bottom half, with two outs and a 3-1 count, Danny Stender came up big again and hit a walk-off homerun. And to close the 64th Opening Day, the Dodgers met the Angels. It was close throughout. The Angels left the bases loaded in the sixth inning, and the Dodgers won, 3-2. This season has already been exciting. If it stays this way, who knows who will be the last team standing?

PVLL Holds Opening Day Parade


• All Peninsula snack shacks have offically opened for spring sports.

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Good Back-Up, Nice Tag, Good Slide, Great Baseball . . . The Giants and Dodgers compete in Intermediate Division action at Lunada Bay Little League during Opening Day last week.

Palos Verdes Little League had its famous Opening Day Sunday at Valmonte field with its new turf upgrade and backstop pads. The big day included three Majors games, floats, fun houses, a silent auction, food tents and five Minors games. PVLL had a record 520 kids that signed up to play baseball. Opening Day started with floats

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PENINSULA LITTLE LEAGUE 2018 STANDINGS Silver Spur Little League MAJORS Rockies Angels Red Red Sox

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. . . Continued from Page 14 decorated at Malaga Cove, where all 48 PVLL teams, including Junior League players, designed the floats. The top three ranked were: in third place, Majors Giants, in second place, Majors Royals, and in first place, Minors Pirates. After the floats, the opening ceremony begin with Jenna Leone sang ing the “Star Spangled Banner” and the reciting of the Little League Pledge. Next on the agenda was the first Majors game of the season. The Giants played the Royals. The Royals won, 163. After that, the Pirates played the Red Sox. The Red Sox won, 6-5. Finally, the Majors Dodgers beat the Angels, 3-2. On Sunday, five Minors games took

place. This is a new tradition that started last year. The Minors Yankees lost to the Minors Giants, 12-11. Then, at Malaga Cove, the Minors Cardinals beat the Pirates, 16-3. The White Sox won against the Red Sox, 12-9. The next game of the day was the Reds losing to the Orioles, 14-10. Then in a tight game, the Cubs beat the Dodgers, 11-10. At the end of the weekend, Oscar Park of the Majors Royals had two homeruns, Majors Red Sox Danny Stender had a walkoff home run to end the game and Minors White Sox Christian Reis hit an in-side-the-park home run to bring in his brother, Weston Reis, who had just hit a triple.

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PVBA Championships This Weekend PVBA • The Palos Verdes Basketball Association holds its final championship games this weekend to mark the end of the winter sport season. Girls’ finals will be held today at the Peninsula High main gym. 3rd Grade through 8th Grade boys’ division finals will be held on Sunday also at Peninsula High. There will be a pick-up All-Star contest after the 8th Grade championship game. Check out the next edition of PANORAMA on March 17 for complete results.

License To Drive The Lane . . . The Warriors face the Blue Bombers in 4th Grade Division playoffs.

Not This Way . . .

Green Lightning and the Pink Panthers play good defense during PVBA 5th/6th Grade playoff action at Peninsula HIgh.

Two Against One . . . The Hot Shots go up against the Bay Girls in 3rd/4th Grade PVBA playoff action at Peninsula High last week.

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New Season Begins With PVBA Playoffs PVBA 6th Grade

• PVBA Championship weekend highlights best of Peninsula basketball.

By Timothy Niemann The first round of the PVBA playoffs is through, and, so far, it has been a nailbiter. The season will end this weekend, with only four teams that still have a chance to win the championship. These teams are Miami, Indiana, California, and USC. All have solid point guards, big men to grab rebounds, and successful bench players. Championship weekend is set to be exciting. The first game of the playoffs was a play-in game between eighth seed UConn and ninth seed Arizona. UConn won that game. Arizona finished their season winless. UConn lived to play another day, but the next day they played Miami, the one seed, with only had one loss this season. Miami handled this game, winning 42-29. Next, the two seeded Indiana Hoosiers defeated the seventh seeded North Carolina Tar Heels. The final score was 38-25, but that doesn’t do it justice. This game was close throughout. At the end, there were a couple close calls that could have gone either way, but went to the Hoosiers. At the end, Indiana pulled away with the win.

USC vs. South Carolina was set to be a good game. South Carolina was coming off a four-game win streak. They got hot just at the right time. USC, on the other hand, underperformed their expectations. It was very close throughout. USC won 33-28. Last but not least, Duke battled Cal. These two teams clashed in the beginning of the season and Cal won by one point. Duke took an early lead, but that wasn’t enough. Cal came back. Duke had a chance to win at the end, but couldn’t pull it off, losing 31-28. “Exciting,” has been the word of the season. So far, the playoffs have been the same. But will it stay that way? Four teams and three games will answer that question.

Did You Know —

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That in 1995 Palos Verdes on the Net (PVNet) held standing-room-only “Meet the Internet” training workshops at the beautiful PVP Library, held the first ever Computer Art Competition with the PVP Art Center, and in 1996 opened the country’s first of a kind Technology Center right here on the Peninsula at RPV City Hall? Ground floor at the Peninsula Promenade

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JV Sea Kings Take The Bay . . . The Palos Verdes High JV boys’ basketball team won the Bay League title with a 9-1

conference record, 19-3 overall this season. Coach John Schweisberger and the team were presented the title trophy after their Feb. 8 win over rival Peninsula High, 37-34, to end the regular season.

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Fast-Pitch Softball Out Fast This Spring Softball • The Palos Verdes Peninsula Girls’ Softball League is racing through the spring season while is preparing for a big select tournament next week. Cornerstone School and the league will be hosting a full day of pool play for the South Bay District Select Tournament on March 11. The games will take place on all three fields at Cornerstone School with a total of 18 games starting at 9 a.m. featuring teams from all over Southern California.

Get Down At Second Base . . . All the action is at second base where the

Early-Season Focus . . . The Wave battle the Hawthorne AllStars in 12U Division play last week.

Teal Titans steal a base against the Gryffindors in 10U Division action.

Palos Verdes Peninsula Girls’ Softball League 2018 Standings


Sky High Teal Titans Stingers Gryffindors Flame Throwers

P W L T 6 3 0 0 4 2 1 0 3 1 2 1 2 1 2 0 1 0 2 1

12U DIVISION The Wave Sunny D’s

W-wins L-losses T-ties P-points

P W L T 4 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 updated 2/28

Science Fair Sheds Light On Future

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put in throughout the past year paying off at the Science Fair, and I feel really lucky to have had this experience,” said sophomore Yeji Cho. At the fair, Cho placed first in the Botany category. Botany is a relation to plant sciences, including plant physiology, ecology, and other fields in this area. Considering this was Cho’s first year in science research in high school and having little experience in botany, she did remarkably well in the competition. According to Cho, her project was on “testing the effect of carbon sources on the pH fluctuations caused by the growth of a marine microalgae species called Nannochloropsis Oculata.” The project experience took nearly a year to plan and research. Anand, said, “The purpose of my project was to attempt to reduce the flaws of current hearing aids by increasing speech intelligibility and suppressing sound lateral to the wearer.

He is planning on applying computer I wanted to provide insight on why not done yet with the science field. This fair was just the beginning of science to the medical field and make [some] people do not wear their hearher journey in science, and this experi- a difference through technology and ing aids.” Anand is another talented sopho- ment in particular boosted her confi- scientific knowledge. From this projmore finalist who placed first in the dence in accomplishing her goals in ect, Anand was able to work with different high-technology equipment Computer Science Division. His proj- this area. “I have learned more intricate as- and was able to develop algorithms ect was dedicated to developing a smarter hearing aid with artificial pects of machine learning and how for a device used and depended on in intelligence (A.I.) and beamforming, to collect and analyze data [from this the real world. With the next fair right around the which is a technology that uses mul- project],” Anand said. “I also enjoyed tiple input, multiple output (MIMO) learning about the physiology of the corner, these 13 contestants are ready ear and mimicking it with neural net- to give it their all at the next scientific transmitters and receivers. showdown. Anand has long been interested works.” Anand, like Cho, is hoping to conin the computer science field, taking AP and Advanced Computer Science tribute to the science field later on. classes online and other classes relating to this subject. Cho said, “From this project, I have really learned a lot about the time and dedication it takes to carry out even the simplest of experiments. “I have found that passion and hard work really show in the end product, and I think it is very important that I was able to find a topic I was genuinely interested in.” Full House . . . The South Coast Botanic Gardens has hosted the local District Cho is planning to pursue biology Science Fair for the past few years with large crowds. as part of her future occupation and is

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