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ASA 2023 Data Visualization Poster & Project Statistics Competition Winners

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Regional Poster Competition Leaders

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 move on to the national judging. Information about regional poster competitions and winners is available on the individual regional poster competition websites.

Connecticut Chapter Statistical Poster Competition
Zhou Fan and Leying Guan, Yale University

Kansas/Western Missouri Statistics Poster Contest
Ananda Jayawardhana, Pittsburg State University

Michigan Statistics Poster Competition
Dan Adrian, Grand Valley State University

Nevada K–12 Statistics Poster Competition 
Elizabeth Harris, Lied STEM Academy

Ohio Data Visualization Poster Competition
Jerry Moreno, John Carroll University

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

Pullman, Washington Statistics Poster Competition
Dean Johnson, Washington State University, Southern California

Statistics Data Visualization Poster Competition
Rebecca Le, County of Riverside California State University, Long Beach

Washington Statistical Society Data Visualization Poster Competition (DC Metro Area) Sabrina Zhang, Westat

ASA National Data Visualization Poster Competition
Jennifer Broatch, Leader, Arizona State University
Rebecca Nichols, ASA K–16 Education Coordinator

The American Statistical Association is pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 ASA Data Visualization Poster and Statistics Project competitions. First-place winners received $300, a certificate, and grade-appropriate graphing calculators provided by Texas Instruments. Second-place winners received $200 and a certificate, third-place winners received $100 and a certificate, and honorable mentions received certificates.

The poster and project competitions are directed by the ASA/National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Joint Committee on Curriculum in Statistics and Probability. The 2023 ASA Data Visualization Poster Competition leader is Jennifer Broatch of Arizona State University. Michelle Larson of the University of Iowa served as head project competition leader, with Dione Maxwell of Loganville High School serving as the associate head project competition leader.

Posters are due every year on April 1 and are submitted digitally as photos of physical posters or as digitally created posters. Projects (written reports) for grades 7–12 are due every year on June 1.

Visit the poster competition webpage or the project competition webpage for entry forms, instructional webinars, the rubrics used for judging the posters and projects, and information about previous winners.


First Place

Olivia Ly, Amelia Herlein, and Jackson Farrar
“What Can We Learn About How Students Take Care of Their Bodies?”
Explorer Elementary School
Caledonia, Michigan

Second Place

Sadie Feeney
“A Swift New Album”
Rydal Elementary School
Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania

Third Place

Leo Zhang
“How Green Are My Classmates?”
High Plain Elementary School
Andover, Massachusetts

Honorable Mention

Etta Permut
“Recycle or Not”
Rydal Elementary School
Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania

Honorable Mention

Sage Sallese, Amar Podrug, Kenay Muniz-Perez, and Everly Hoolsema
“What Can We Learn About Students’ Cultures?”
Explorer Elementary School
Caledonia, Michigan


First Place

Cole Nowacki
“The Gaming Generation”
Kirtland Middle School
Kirtland, Ohio

Second Place

Shrimeghna Madhugundu, Jahnvi N. Modi, and Kelsey C. Joo
“Should Kids Have Homework?”
West Woods Upper Elementary School
Farmington, Connecticut

Third Place

Maddie Yin
“So You Want to Be a Dancer?”
Lied STEM Academy
Las Vegas, Nevada


First Place

Aditi Gokhale
“The Effect of Education, Location, and Income on Life Expectancy in the USA”
Joe M. Adams Junior High School
Katy, Texas

Second Place

Ashwin Goel
“What Makes Movies Successful?”
Hyde Park Middle School
Las Vegas, Nevada

Third Place

Avinab Das
“The National Opioids Crisis: Substance Use and Its Correlates”
Robert Frost Middle School
North Potomac, Maryland

Honorable Mention

Salar Nasimov
“Do NBA Teams with Better Teamwork or Star Players Win Playoffs?”
Luther Jackson Middle School
Fairfax, Virginia

Honorable Mention

Jana Woo
“What Factors Affect the Education System in the United States?”
Hyde Park Middle School
Las Vegas, Nevada


First Place

Baxter Hovis, Jonah Sagers, Sam Bowen, and Gavin Paulus
“How to Win the ASA Poster Contest”
Mastery School of Hawken
Cleveland, Ohio

Second Place

Raymond Levine
“COVID on the Border”
Westview High School
San Diego, California

Third Place

Yifan Li
“Putting Sustainability Under the Spotlight: An Analysis of ESG Disclosing Trends in SEC Filings”
Poolesville High School
Rockville, Maryland

Honorable Mention

Alexander Choi
“How Has Climate Change Affected Fish Growth in Alaska Fisheries?”
Reno High School
Reno, Nevada

2023 National Project Competition Judges

Letetia Addison
Jeffrey Albert
Samantha Alfonso
John Allison
Patricia Bahnsen
Heather Barker
Stacey Behrensmeyer
Utpal Bhattacharya
Arinjita Bhattacharyya
Amy Bigelow
Carol Blumberg
Jennifer Bready
Beth Chance
Jen Cincotta
Alyssa Columbus
Michael Crotty
Lew Davidson
Dawn Dentato
Divine Ediebah
Kathie Emerson
Beth Grasel
Susan Grigor
David Gurney
Anna Hammer
Sharon Hessney
Beth Hill
Carla Hill
Ping-Han Huang
Caroline Hutchings
Josh Hvizdos
Monica Hyjek
Jacqueline Johnson
Leigh Johnson
Kwan Joyce
Grazyna Kamburowska
Adam King
Jessica Kohlschmidt
Mandi Kramer
Mary Kwasny
Robin Lakey
Jenny Langdon
Joshua Longcoy
Yixia Lu
Trico Lutkins
Betty Malloy
Marilyn Marshall
Cheryl McKeeman
Mary McLellan
Vicki McMillian
Jennifer Michaelis
Julie Miller
Krista Miller
Sally Miller
Cindy Moss
Leigh Nataro
Christine Nelson
Susan Owens
Kathy Petko
Marie Puskas
Linda Quinn
Azizur Rahman
Andrea Re
Ruth Reece
Dave Rockoff
Rich Ross
Tom Rothery
Julie Roy
Soma Roy
Geraldine Salazar
Ashley Schreckengost
Laura Scott
Adam Shrager
Nicolas Simonetti
Bree Smith
Corliss Spencer
Kelly Spoon
Wenshuang Wang
Susan Wasco
Marti Wayland
David Wilcox
Mervin Woodlin Jr.
Donna Young
Susan Zielinski
Michelle Larson served as the head project competition leader with Dione Maxwell as the associate head project competition leader.


Each year, the statistical project competition attracts a wide 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. The statistical project competition is especially useful for these students because it provides them with opportunities to apply the statistical skills they acquired throughout the school year to solve real-world problems of interest to them.

First Place

Scott Betterly, Camden Smith, Jack Kuder, and Jack Zdanowski
Do Different Airlines Have More Frequent Delays?
Canyon Crest Academy
San Diego, California

    Judges’ Comments: This project was a well-designed chi-square test for homogeneity investigating the frequency of delays for different airlines. The judges were pleased with the sophisticated nature of the analysis and data collection. An added explanation of contributions to the chi-square statistic indicated great communication and understanding by this author. Judges appreciated the added support of appropriate tables and graphs that provided a strong visual component that reiterated the overall analysis. The author provided a strong reflection that provided thoughtful ideas for future research.

    Second Place

    Michelle Yuan, Willa Norvell, Mele Barton, and Lily Chen
    Blackberries, Mold, and Rinses, Oh My!
    Canyon Crest Academy
    San Diego, California

      Judges’ Comments: This project addresses an interesting and accessible topic of maintaining the freshness of the fruit. The authors provide an excellent, thorough, clear, concise, and correct statistical analysis, including all relevant details. The images of the process were notably helpful and appropriate, improving the presentation of this work. The judges would have liked to see consistency throughout the paper referring to the treatments as “Water Rinse,” “Vinegar Rinse,” and “No Rinse,” rather than Treatments 1, 2, and 3. Although the interpretation of Type I error is incorrect, the paper concludes with a thoughtful reflection and provides suggestions for future work. This project was a favorite of the judges!

      Third Place

      Palak Mor
      The Mystery of Unpopped Popcorn Kernels
      South Forsyth High School
      Cumming, Georgia

        Judges’ Comments: This project was well-written and easy to read. The author used a two-sample t-test to investigate whether store-brand microwave popcorn or name-brand microwave popcorn would result in more unpopped kernels. The judges were impressed with the care taken by the author to eliminate confounding variables. There was concern by the judges that the conditions may not have been met due to a very small sample size. Concern was also raised as to how the author decided on a five-minute cooling period before emptying the bag. The reflection section is strong in both suggesting modifications for further research and in correctly describing possible Type 1 error.

        Honorable Mention

        Adityan Vairavel, Adith Mohanty, and Venkata Yanamandra
        School Paper Towels: Effective or a Waste of Money?
        Dougherty Valley High School
        San Ramon, California

          Judges’ Comments: This paper addresses an interesting and worthwhile topic of the absorbency of industrial paper towels using a linear regression analysis of absorbency vs. cost. The judges enjoyed the project and found it to offer quite a bit of substance and content. However, several of the details in the project prevented it from scoring higher. The judges were particularly concerned with the use of the word “prove,” which is not something a statistical analysis can provide. The project presents many statistical concepts but lacks the correct application of these concepts. In particular, there does not appear to be equal variance among the different brands of paper towels, which is crucial to the results; the details of randomization were not explicitly described; it was not clear if the order of the squares tested was randomized; Type I and Type II errors were stated but not related to the results of the experiment; a factor of 9 is required to convert measurements to square feet. In addition to the statistical analysis presented, the judges found the detailed protocol and related images to be a noteworthy strength of this project. As one judge wrote about this project: “Something we all complain about and it was well researched and worked through.”

          Get Involved

          For information about how you can start a regional poster competition or mentor students in your area, read the July 2011 issue of Amstat News.

          You can download a flier about the ASA poster and project competitions and other K–12 statistics education programs and resources to share with your local schools.

          For additional information or questions regarding how to get involved in the competitions, contact Rebecca Nichols.

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