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The American Statistical Association is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 Poster Competition and Project Competition. First-place winners received $200, a plaque, a plaque for their school, and grade-appropriate graphing calculators provided by Texas Instruments. Second-place winners received $100 and a plaque; third-place winners received $50 and a plaque; and honorable mentions received certificates.

The poster and project competitions are directed by the ASA/NCTM Joint Committee on Curriculum in Statistics and Probability, with Linda Quinn of Cleveland State University serving as the poster competition leader and Jamis Perrett of Texas A&M University serving as the project competition leader. K–12 posters are due every year on April 1. Projects (written reports) for grades 4–12 are due every year on June 9. Visit the competitions web page for information—including previous winners, entry forms, instructional webinars, and a rubric of how the posters and projects are judged.

2011 National Poster Competition Winners

    Grades K–3

    First Place

    Grade K-3 First Place

    Theo Ryden, Amelia VanConant, and Olivia Waite
    Toilet Paper Habits?
    Holland Public Schools Gifted & Talented Program
    Holland, Michigan

    Second Place

    Grades K-3 Second Place

    Erica Simon, Lauren Maransky, Hannah Redding-Gurczynski, and Madeline Ruch
    Can I Sharpen My Pencil?
    Highland Elementary
    Abington, Pennsylvania

    Third Place

    Grades K-3 Third Place

    Kevin Luke and Devin Vollono
    What Drink Has the Most Sugar?
    Stepney Elementary School
    Monroe, Connecticut

    Honorable Mention

    Grades K-3 Honorable Mention

    Carson McCue
    Groundhog Weather
    The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain
    Las Vegas, Nevada

    Honorable Mention

    Grades K-3 Honorable Mention

    Caden Fujii
    Missing Teeth
    Roslyn Elementary School
    Roslyn, Pennsylvania

    Grades 4–6

    First Place

    Grade 4-6 First Place

    Samantha Carpenter and Emily Marcum
    When Do Students Visit the Health Office Most Often?
    Estes McDoniel Elementary School
    Henderson, Nevada

    Second Place

    Grade 4-6 Second Place

    Julian Perez
    Boys vs. Girls Electric Match
    Rydal Elementary
    Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania

    Third Place

    Grade 4-6 Third Place

    Sam Palmer
    Txt U L8er
    Ben Franklin Elementary
    Indiana, Pennsylvania

    Honorable Mention

    Grade 4-6 Honorable Mention

    Scott Hadley
    Do Batteries Grow on Trees?
    Central Woodlands
    Ada, Michigan

    Honorable Mention

    Grade 4-6 Honorable Mention

    Kathryn Crummitt, Hailee Emge, Trinity Pillar, and Rebecca Warfield
    Whirl It, Arch It, Loop It
    Arbutus Elementary School
    Arbutus, Maryland

    Grades 7–9

    First Place

    Grades 7-9 First Place

    Doug Bender
    Under the Weather?
    Saltsburg Middle School
    Saltsburg, Pennsylvania

    Second Place

    Grades 7-9 Second Place

    Ryan Hall
    A Study of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy
    Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

    Third Place (Tie)

    Grades 7-9 Third Place (Tie)

    Rose Lisi, Kyri Marinos, Jimmy McEwan, and Kristina Vetter
    Choose the Cookie That’s the Best and Forget the Rest!
    Madison Middle School
    Trumbull, Connecticut

    Third Place (Tie)

    Grades 7-9 Third Place (Tie)

    Josiah DeVizia
    What Drives Fuel Prices?
    Delaware Valley High School
    Milford, Pennsylvania

    Honorable Mention

    Grades 7-9 Honorable Mention

    Austin Chiu
    Plants + Sugar = ?
    Hyde Park Middle School
    Las Vegas, Nevada

    Grades 10–12

    First Place

    Grades 10-12 First Place

    Alison Roudebush and Allison Koscianski
    How Long Is a Minute?
    St. Joseph Academy
    Cleveland, Ohio

    Second Place

    Grades 10-12 Second Place

    Alex Aleman, Melissa Buesch, Amber Dudley, and Olivia Sloan
    Obesity: The Plague of the 21st Century – Are Teens at Risk?
    Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy
    Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

    Third Place

    Grades 10-12 Third Place

    Allyson Carpenter, Kemet Omari, and Tiana Williams
    How Do Birth Rates Vary?
    Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy
    Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

    Honorable Mention

    Grades 10-12 Honorable Mention

    Stephanie Liu
    How Are Airborne Pollutants Affecting the Health of Americans?
    Phillips Academy
    Andover, Massachusetts

    2011 National Poster Competition Judges
    Linda Quinn of Cleveland State University directs the national poster competition. The 2011 competition
    judging was held in Ohio and included the following judges:
    Chandana Reddy, Cleveland Clinic
    Steven Lewis, MetroHealth Medical Center at CWRU
    Steve Richardson, S.A. Richardson & Associates
    Tom Short, John Carroll University
    Jerry Moreno, John Carroll University
    Liang Li, Cleveland Clinic
    Linda Quinn, Cleveland State University

    2011 Regional Poster Competition Leaders

    Connecticut Chapter Statistical Poster Competition
    Marianne E. Messina
    Associate Director, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Global Biometric Sciences Oncology

    Michigan Statistics Poster Competition
    Dan Frobish
    Department of Statistics, Grand Valley State University

    Nevada K–12 Statistics Poster Competition
    David Thiel
    K–12 Mathematics Coordinator, Clark County School District

    Ohio Statistics Poster Competition
    Jerry Moreno
    John Carroll University

    Pennsylvania Statistics Poster Competition
    Pete Skoner
    Saint Francis University Science Outreach Center

    Washington Statistical Society Poster Competition
    Jill Montaquila
    Westat and JPSM

    Other Region/ASA National Poster Competition
    Leader: Linda Quinn, Cleveland State University
    Contact: Rebecca Nichols, ASA K–16
    Education Manager

    Students outside the regional competition areas submit their posters directly to the ASA office, which are then separately judged by the Washington Statistical Society as part of the “Other” region. The best posters from each region are sent to the national judging. Information about regional poster competitions and winners is available on the individual regional poster competition websites.

    2011 National Project Competition Judges
    Jamis Perrett (Texas A&M University) directed the project competition with the following judges:
    Jocelyne L Arnott
    Patricia Bahnsen
    Yiannis C. Bassiakos
    Kathy Bean
    Chris Bearden
    Jennifer Bryan
    Russ Campbell
    Beth Chance
    Annie-Sophie Charest
    Steven Dafilou
    Rick Davis
    Steve Earth
    Kay Endriss
    Liz Flow-Delwiche
    Lisa Ganio
    Kathryn Hall
    Katherine Harris
    Elaine Hays
    Linda Hynan
    Joel Jacob
    John H. Kalbfleisch
    Christina Kendrick
    Nathan Kidwell
    Jessica Kohlschmidt
    Lee Kucera
    Betsy Kumm
    Jennifer Langdon
    Christina Lepi
    Shinemin Lin
    John F. Mahoney
    Christopher J. Malone
    Anthony Martellotta
    Vicki McMillian
    Jane Monaco
    John Myers
    Leigh Nataro
    Scott Nestler
    Joseph Nolan
    Thomas Parker
    Kumer Pial Das
    Tom Robinson
    Jose Almer T. Sanqui
    Lisa Schell
    Susan J. Simmons
    Sean Simpson
    Marla Smith
    Frank Soler
    Daren Starnes
    Lance Suzuki
    Scott Travis
    Doug Tyson
    Rieken Venema
    Andrew Walter
    Ruth Wunderlich
    Donna Young

    2011 National Project Competition Winners

    Each year, the statistical project competition attracts a variety of submissions in which students from grades K–12 conduct creative studies. This year’s entries included studies regarding diaper absorbency, submarine sandwich preferences, subliminal messages, and comparisons across genders. The submission deadline for the project competition was delayed until June 9 this year to enable participation from high-school students who may have been preparing for the AP Statistics exam administered on May 11. The new deadline also made it possible for teachers who might otherwise be busy at the AP reading to assist with the competition judging. The statistical project competition was especially useful for these students because it provided them with opportunities to apply all the statistical skills they had acquired throughout the school year to solve real-world problems of interest to them. Motivation to participate in the competition included monetary awards, plaques, and new Texas Instruments calculators.

    Grades 4-6

    First Place

    Isaac Round
    The NBA Draft
    Home Project
    Overland Park, Kansas

    Second Place

    Suh Young H. Choi
    Any Favor in the Flavor?
    Valley View Intermediate School
    Jonesboro, Arkansas

    Third Place

    Harish Chandrasekaran, Shankar Sundaresan, and Rohan Suri
    The Relationship Between Creativity and a Sense of Responsibility
    Oak Hill Elementary School, Greenbriar West Elementary School, and Hunters Woods Elementary School
    Oak Hill, Virginia

    Grades 7-9

    First Place

    Andrew Blonsky
    Algae the Carbon Sponge: Optimum Temperature for Chlorella Photosynthesis
    Price Creek Independent School
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina

    Second Place

    Hanel Baveja
    Are Male and Female Facebook Profiles Different?
    Huron High School
    Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Third Place

    Priya Chandrasekaran, Geetika Lal, and Mallika Suri
    The Relationship Between Teens’ Time-Spending Patterns and Their Personality Traits
    Rachel Carson Middle School
    Herndon, Virginia

    Grades 10-12

    First Place

    Jeremiah J. Keenan
    Coca-Cola’s Secret Formula – Internationally Variable?
    Home school
    Kowloon, Hong Kong

    Second Place

    Kelsey Maxwell, Tara Dearlove, and Kelli Dryer
    Battle of the Genders: Dance Edition
    Grand Blanc High School
    Grand Blanc, Michigan

    Third Place

    Matthew Fligiel and Chen Chen
    A Little Academic Into Men’s Shirts
    Greenhills School
    Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Honorable Mention

    Kyle Hanson
    Hypothesis Testing for Homoscedasticity of the Coefficient of Restitution of Table Tennis Balls
    Lathrop High School
    Fairbanks, Alaska

    Honorable Mention

    Ioana Soaita and Lulu Zhong
    Facebook Requests From Strangers: Does Acceptance Differ by Gender of Requestor?
    East Lyme High School
    East Lyme, Connecticut

    Honorable Mention

    Ian Donastorg
    Ye Old Windbags
    Grand Blanc High School
    Grand Blanc, Michigan

    Get Involved

    For information about how to start a regional poster competition or mentor students in your area, see the article appearing in the July issue of Amstat News. You can download a flyer about the ASA poster and project competitions and other K–12 statistics education programs and resources to share with your local schools at the bottom of the ASA education website. For additional information or questions regarding how to get involved, contact ASA K–16 Education Manager Rebecca Nichols at rebecca@amstat.org.

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    • Bryanna Lovett said:

      These are really good. I like the one about the coca-Cola and the one about Facebook.

    • Chinyelle Montague said:

      I really love these projects! The facebook one is awesome, because I usually accept requests from strangers and it’d be interesting to see if other people my age do too. ;)