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2015 Poster, Project Competitions Showcase Winners

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The American Statistical Association is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Poster Competition and Project Competition. First-place winners received $300, a plaque, a plaque for their school, and grade-appropriate graphing calculators for the students and advisers provided by Texas Instruments. Second-place winners received $200 and a plaque; third-place winners received $100 and a plaque; and honorable mentions received plaques.

2015 National Project Competition Judges

Javier Alvarez, Pomfret School
Susan Archer, University of North Florida and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Kyle Barriger, Castilleja School
Elizabeth Botzner, Leap Learning Academy
James Bush, Waynesburg University
Ruth Carver, Germantown Academy
Lew Davidson, Mallard Creek High School
Dawn Denney, NC Virtual Public Schools
Diane DeSantis, Algonquin Regional High School
Lacey Echols, Butler University
Janet Fortney, Forsyth Country Day
Hunter Glanz, Cal Poly
Justin Grieves, Charleston Southern University
David Gurney, Southeastern Louisiana University
Scott Hagin, Edwardsville High School
Marylesa Howard, National Security Technologies
Lee Ingamells, Chaminade University
Mimi Kallwitz, Prairie Ridge High School
Grazyna Kamburowska, State University of New York College at Oneonta
Ghada Khoury, Lansing Community College
Lynn Kidwell, Hempstead High School
Betsy Kumm, inVentiv Health Clinical
Brianna Kurtz, Dayton State College
Robin Levine-Wissing, Glenbrook North High School
John Mahoney, Benjamin Banneker High School
Cheryl McKeeman, Langara College
Vicki McMillian, Ocean City College
Sally Miller, Alexandria City Public Schools (Retired); NMSI
Leona Mirza, North Park University
Leigh Nataro, Moravian Academy
David Nezelek, Pine View School
Joe Oechsle, Malvern Prep/Villanova University
Kathy Petko, Palatine High School
Ruth Reece, William Peace University
Julie Roy, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Mary Simons, Smyrna High School
Tim Sirois, Highland Park High School
Chris Stapel, The Blake School
Sharon Sterken, EA Laney High School
Jane Thomas, Covenant School
Doug Tyson, Central York High School
Marti Wayland, Baylor School
Felicia Wider, Edward Waters College
David Wilcox, Christ Church Episcopal School
Donna Young, Kent Island High School
Wenona Young, Joseph Wheeler High School

The poster and project competitions are directed by the ASA/NCTM Joint Committee on Curriculum in Statistics and Probability. The 2015 poster competition leader was Rodney Jee (Discover Financial Services). Daren Starnes (The Lawrenceville School) served as the head project competition leader, with Nathan Kidwell (Dubuque Senior High School) serving as associate project competition leader.

K–12 posters are due every year on April 1. Projects (written reports) for grades 7–12 are due every year on June 1. Visit the competitions web page for information—including previous winners, entry forms, instructional webinars, and the rubrics used for judging the posters and projects.

2015 National Project Competition Winners

Each year, the statistical project competition attracts a variety of submissions in which students from grades 7–12 conduct creative studies. The submission deadline for the project competition is June 1 to enable participation from high-school students who may have been preparing for the AP Statistics exam administered mid-May. This deadline also makes 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.

Grades 10–12

FIRST PLACE
Sarah Young and Seyvonne Ip

Preserving Bananas: Cling Wrap or Foil?
Dougherty Valley High School
San Ramon, California

SECOND PLACE
Danielle Jacobsen and Jessica Zubizarreta

The Effects of Subliminal Advertising on Subject Behavior
Castilleja School
Palo Alto, California

THIRD PLACE
Capril Mirarchi, Maxwell Howald, and Lillian Nicholas

Reading Comprehension Levels in Hard Copy vs. iPad Format
Christopher Dock Mennonite High School
North Wales, Pennsylvania

HONORABLE MENTION
Nelson Ngouenet and Michelle Lin

Effects of Note-Taking Method on Short-Term Memorization
The Overlake School
Redmond, Washington

Grades 7–9

FIRST PLACE
James Standish

Video Games and Anger Issues
Blake Middle School
Hopkins, Minnesota

SECOND PLACE
Kaitlyn Saldanha

The Relationship Between Sleep Schedule and Eating Habits in 7th-Graders
Blake Middle School
Hopkins, Minnesota

THIRD PLACE
Caroline Cameron

Does Playing a Team Sport Affect Organization?
Blake Middle School
Hopkins, Minnesota

HONORABLE MENTION
Sindhu Ragunathan

Sleep. Are You Getting Enough?
Rocky Run Middle School
Fairfax, Virginia

 
 
 

2015 National Poster Competition Winners

Grades K–3

HowHasBaseballChanged

FIRST PLACE
Jacob Harleton

How Has Baseball Changed?
Pine Ridge Elementary
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Bubbles

SECOND PLACE
Uma Riggins

Bubbles
The Key School
Bowie, Maryland

PaperTowels!

THIRD PLACE
Corey Tobin

Paper Towels!
Overlook Elementary
Abington, Pennsylvania

Grades 4–6

StudyingPaperAirPlaneDesign

FIRST PLACE
Ryan Holder

Best Paper Airplane Design
Jefferson Elementary
Pullman, Washington

ColdWinter

SECOND PLACE
Chandrima Chatterjee

Accuracy of Temperature Forecast During a Cold Winter
Rachel Carson Elementary School
Gaithersberg, Maryland

ConsumingMeat

THIRD PLACE
Joanna Yi

Consuming Meat
Hyde Park Middle School
Las Vegas, Nevada

WillitBounce

HONORABLE MENTION
Olivia Batrus

Will It Bounce?
St. Rose of Lima Elementary
Altoona, Pennsylvania

Warning Signs Stop Sign

HONORABLE MENTION
Giovanni Corabi

Stop at the Sign or Get a Fine
Rydal Elementary
Abington, Pennsylvania

Grades 7–9

TalltoPlaybasketball2

FIRST PLACE
Gilbert Spencer

Do You Need to Be Tall for Basketball?
Half Hollow Hills High School West
Dix Hills, New York

ClamvsMuscles

SECOND PLACE
Zachary James

Which Filters More Oil: Clams vs. Mussels
Edgemont Jr./Sr. High School
Scarsdale, New York

VinegarVariance

THIRD PLACE
Katrina Bliss

Vinegar Variance
Mount Union Area Senior High
Mount Union, Pennsylvania

HowNumbersKeepYouSafe

HONORABLE MENTION
Cordell Cheng

How Numbers Keep You Safe
Abington Junior High
Rydal, Pennsylvania

Grades 10–12

ProfessorSalaryDisparities

FIRST PLACE
Victor Chen and Kera Yang

Professor Salary Disparities
Saline High School
Saline, Michigan

PsychoactiveTherapy

SECOND PLACE
Kate Salmon and Ben Croy

Psychoactive Therapy for Mathematical Quandaries
Joplin High School
Joplin, Missouri

HighSchoolSweethearts

THIRD PLACE
Katherine Kim and Catherine Badding

High School Sweethearts
State College Area High School
State College, Pennsylvania

Name Brand vs Off Brand

HONORABLE MENTION
Caroline Statler and Saniya Ablatt

Can High-School Students Differentiate Between Name Brand and Off-Brand Food and Drink?
Joplin High School
Joplin, Missouri

Get Involved

For information about how you can start a regional poster competition or mentor students in your area, see the article appearing in the July 2011 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 here. For additional information or questions regarding how to get involved in the poster or project competitions, please contact Rebecca Nichols at rebecca@amstat.org.

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  • Ms. Dory Witzeling said:

    Dear AMSTAT staff,

    I love your poster competition. I send entries for the first time last year, and will keep doing so into the future.

    I would like to ask, however, if it is possible to have a clearer picture of your poster winners or, if not, to have the problem and conclusions summarized under each poster. I want to use past winners as examples for the class when we discuss topic ideas, subject depth and complexity, etc, but this is really hard to do when the material on the posters is not legible. I’m not asking to be able to share these examples word-for-word, but to have a caption that explains the premise and findings of the winning posters, if possible.

    Thank you for all of the time you put into helping to promote great math learning!

    Sincerely,

    Dory Witzeling
    Odyssey Elementary
    Appleton, WI

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