Student Research Library
These are short videos of project presentations that summarize the student’s research.

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Jacob Arnold, 12th Grade, Eldon High School, Jacob tested diluted solutions of hydrogen peroxide and sodium hypochlorite against Staphylococcus epidermidis and Escherichia coli k12 in order to measure their efficacy against both types of bacteria.

Zoe Martonfi, 11th Grade, Eldon High School, Zoe’s goal was to induce tetraploidy– a trait of having four sets of chromosomes– in L. maackii and insert the tetraploid plants into wild populations. 

Kaden Luker, 12th Grade, Jackson High School, Kaden’s project includes the research of pH and how the pH of water impacts the biodegradation capabilities of the bacteria micrococcus luteus on microplastics.

Marcus King, 10th Grade, Governor French Academy, Marcus uses 9 methods of calculating star formation rate (SFR) to see if they are consistent. Those methods included applying infrared radiation, an application of gas luminosity which took into account time, and oxygen concentrations within a galaxy.   

Oyin Ganiyu, 12th Grade, Timberland High School, Oyin tests how memantine impact the restoration of cognitive functioning in short term memory of transgenic APP:BACE drosophila melanogaster and compare the results to a previous study done using gaboxadol. Oyin hypothesized that gaboxadol will have the greatest benefit for reversing cognitive deficits in transgenic flies that co-express APP:BACE.

Bailey O’Neal, 11th grade, Jackson High School, Bailey’s project determines the duration of time that teeth can protect DNA from heat. Teeth will be tested at two different temperatures and three different times to create an index of the viability of DNA from teeth with respect to time and temperature.

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Natalee Chimienti, 12th grade, Jackson High School, Natalee questions how the way a person has given specific information impact the executive functioning of short-term memory. Natalee hypothesizes a person who is given auditory information and sight of words will be able to recall the most information because they will be able to see and hear the words, unlike the other group who just got to see the words.

Lily Conrad, 10th Grade, Jackson High School, Lily tested the hypothesis, does a high protein, low inflammatory diet decrease the risk of concussion, on drosophila by feeding test group A a balanced diet (control group), feeding test group B an inflammatory diet (bread), and test group C fed a diet high in protein (yeast).

Gabrielle Awuah, 12th Grade, Timberland High School, Gabrielle’s project is based on analyzing numerical data of past Coronavirus patients and how elevated their D-dimer tests were, which would also correlate with the severity and mortality of the virus.

Nevaeh Finn, 12th Grade, Timberland High School, Nevaeh’s two experiments will be playing loud metal music on a loudspeaker, and having a giant hand move towards the butterflies. The reaction time will be determined by starting the stopwatch when the music is played or the hand starts moving, then the stopwatch will be stopped once the reaction from the butterfly has ended: finished folding their wings, or finished flying away. 

Faith Coghlan & Jayce Whitehead, 12th Grade, Timberland High School, their research was conducted with the objective of making harmful foreign bodies observable in bodies of water in order to reduce the contraction of disease. It was hypothesized that if the bioluminescent gene was transferred into the Giardia intestinalis using different vectors, then the Giardia intestinalis would display the bioluminescence and the identification and extermination of the parasite would increase.

Tanner Jacobi, 12th Grade, Timberland High School, Tanner’s experiment, an alternative model for predicting epidemic onset and intensity is going to be created for the localized area of the St. Louis metropolitan district and then be compared to the generalized statewide CDC flusight program for Missouri on the basis of observational accuracy.

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Vito Signaigo, 12th Grade, Liberty High School, Vito created a bioethanol derived from the invasive species of bush honeysuckle. Using honeysuckle as fuel would solve problems including solving the problem of this invasive species by harvesting it out of the wild and by disposing of it by producing an effective ethanol. 

Danielle Cochran & Mackenna Beine, 12th Grade, Timberland High School, their experiment will be executed by using agar plates to grow the following bacteria: Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus epidermidis, and Enterococcus faecalis. Once the bacteria is grown, the tilapia skin will be introduced to the bacteria plate. The zones on inhibition on the plate will then be recorded and observed for 2 weeks.

Hannah Kirkendoll, 12th Grade, Timberland High School, Hannah collected blood samples, then transfer & hemolyzed the samples then tested and analyzed the samples to observe the effects traumatic hemolysis on cardiac troponin T. Hannah’s test results found that the majority of the samples did change negatively but the amount that they changed was not enough to be clinically significant.

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2021-2022 School Year

Aiden Couch, 12th Grade, Timberland High School, Aiden is working on a solution to help people who cannot do a wheelie on a bicycle. The main point to the product is that it helps you learn how to do it and it does not just do it for you.

Bailey O’Neal, 11th Grade, Jackson High School, Bailey exposed teeth to heat at different temperatures. Then Bailey extracted DNA. The purpose of this project was to find out if there was a temperature at which DNA could no longer be collected.

Emma Shields, 12th Grade, Jackson High School, Emma filled water with surfactants from products like detergents is harming the animals that live in the waters. The addition of this fossil fuel is creating a toxicity issue for living organisms. This experiment and research were designed to try and provide a possible solution to this problem.

Grace Johnson, 12th Grade, Lebanon High School, Grace’s research addresses the calcium of biofortification of Raphanus sativus through irrigation with Ca2+ solutions. A total of 180 R. sativus plants were grown in a controlled environment and treated with varying concentrations of Ca2+ irrigation water.

Josh Barnes, 12th Grade, Timberland High School, Josh’s project was to design a tool in order to make it easier for a disc golfer to retrieve their disc.
The device must be able to help a player to retrieve a disc from a lake or a herd to reach location.

Marcus King, 9th Grade, Governor French Academy, Marcus focuses on data mining and analyzes the correlation between Mass and Temperature in Mira variable stars between 0.5 and 2 solar masses.

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Morgan Craft, 12th Grade, Timberland High School, Morgan effectively produces a desired, straight edge of paper without the risk factor of traditional paper cutters. This innovation will broaden the horizon of office and school supplies while simultaneously eliminating safety risk.

Kaden Luker, 11th Grade, Jackson High School, Kaden experimented and analyzed if certain bacterial strains can break down microplastics. Or, to see if the chosen bacteria can produce enzymes that break down microplastics

Reagan Newell, 12th Grade, Jackson High School, Reagan’s experiment was designed to test whether or not the raw plant of a cattail could be used to grow radish seeds. The idea was for the potassium from the cattail plant to extract into the water in which the radish seed was being grown.

Noah Lynch, 11th Grade, Jackson High School, Noah’s experiment used times of fifteen and thirty minutes to seed if seed germination was affected by the plasma exposure.

Brett Kercher, 12th Grade, Liberty High School, Brett’s experiment helped the understanding of how certain nutrients changes affect the production of microcystin (MC) will help mitigate and prevent potential economic and health crises. 

Jordon Gully, 9th Grade, Governor French Academy, Jordan’s experiment was designed to test which readily available nonhazardous materials make the most protective flame retardant.

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Kimberly Wagner, 12th Grade, Twin Rivers High School, Kimberly’s experiment will help discover if a person who normally has a high heart rate can have a way of lowering it.

Katelyn Yeley, 12th Grade, Twin Rivers High School, Katelyn’s experiment will help people understand more about how their eyes age and the effects of different lighting on pictures.

Akasha O’Connor, 12th Grade, Hayti High School, Akasha’s experiment questioned if fish oil can be successfully harvested from Asian Carp and can potentially be used for medicinal purposes?

Amiya Johnson, 12th Grade, Hayti High School, Amiya’s experiment questioned if honeysuckle can be effectively controlled through the use of powdered black walnut (juglone)?

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Elijah Jones, 12th grade, Jackson High School, Elijah is working on synthesizing a vital chemical used in malaria and cancer treatments which is currently only available from plants. He is on step 5 of 8 to create this chemical.  If successful, drugs that use this will become cost effective.

LaNita Devine, 12th grade, Wentzville Holt High School, LaNita has identified two novel antibiotic compounds that have not been previously included in the national databases.  This means that there is a potential that these compounds might be a source for new antibiotics which could help with illnesses that are becoming resistant to current antibiotics.

Ethan Dunsworth, 12th grade, Wentzville Holt High School, Ethan is working to develop a nuclear fusion reactor that will produce electricity WITHOUT any radioactive waste being generated as a byproduct!

Mallorie Coffee, 12th grade, Jackson High School, Mallorie’s year 2 study looks at a possible way to treat antibiotic resistant bacteria, like Strep, by preventing the initial release of toxins.

Sarah Goldstein, 11th grade, Wentzville Holt High School, Sarah determined the lethal dose of cannabidiol (CBD) oil in fruit flies for the purpose of expanding her research project to test the effects of CBD oil on the production of collagen as it relates to Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

Manel ElMorabit, 6th grade, Governor French Academy, Manel’s experiment showed that using VUVC light was an effective tool to kill yeast colonies and may be a way to easily sterilize facemasks at home.

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Tate Friedrich, 12th grade, Jackson High School, Tate was able to make a drone fly without any moving parts which has broad applications for military and unmanned craft deliveries.

Emma Shields, 11th grade, Jackson High School, To address the ocean algae bloom problem, Emma successfully showed that Elodea plants tied into seaweed ‘farms” in the upstream rivers could effectively absorb the water’s extra phosphorus.

Grace Johnson, 11th grade, Lebanon High School, Ag Science research trying to use naturally occurring fungi to prevent weeds from using the available nitrogen in field crops.

Lisa Crawford, 9th grade, Governor French Academy, As a 9th grader, Lisa’s math project prepares her for future work doing geospatial calculations.

Tahlor Johnson, 12th grade, Governor French Academy, Tahlor has been researching the effect of hair dye to reduce the cancer causing effect on people who frequently dye their hair.

Maya Irvine, 12th grade, Camdenton High School, Found that the leaves of Bush Honeysuckle produce a natural preemergent herbicide chemical that may be a green solution for row crops.

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Hannah Christ, 11th grade, Wentzville Holt High School, Hannah assesses the relationship between fungi and plant roots grown in a hydroponic system by measuring various growth parameters, such as height, surface area, and colonization.

Logan Bruns, 12th grade, Jackson High School, By researching the effects of spin rate on a four seamed fastball, Logan was able to determine that the more the fastball spins, the greater the pitching velocity.

Macy Steber, 12th grade, Wentzville Holt High School, 2nd year study working to see if Vitamin D3 and Omega 3 Fatty Acids will improve insulin absorption.

Megan Steber, 12th grade, Wentzville Holt High School, Megan is researching if the anti inflammatory property of ground up Avocado seeds would help reduce symptoms in people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Amelia Truong, 12th grade, Wentzville Holt High School, Amelia conducted a bioinformatics research project which showed a pattern of genes that were responsible for coral bleaching.

Allison Drennan, 11th grade, Lebanon High School, Cinnamaldehyde was found to be effective as an antibacterial agent in a produce wash for leafy greens.

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Sage Reagan, 10th grade, Governor French Academy, Sage continues her multiyear research project on C Elegans to help her find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.

Charli Sparks, 11th grade, Jackson High School, Covid-19 Symptoms to Blood Types

Kylie Harris, 11th grade, Jackson High School, Spider Superpowers: Antibacterial Properties of Spider Silk

Lillian Hoffman, 12th grade, Jackson High School, The effect of oxidative stress on the fertility and reproductive levels of fruit flies is not significant when the stressor is identified as hydrogen peroxide.

Noah Lynch, 10th grade, Jackson High School, Using Mel to Terminate Staphylococcus and Clostridium Tetani

Graysen Johnston, 12th grade, Jackson High School, Effects of the Presence or Absence of Isopods of the Genus Porcellio on Soil Nutrient Content and Plant Growth

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Bailey O’Neal, 10th grade, Jackson High School, The frequency of sound waves was shown to have very little effect on a person’s anxiety

Riley O’Neal, 12th grade, Jackson High School, An Evidence Review of Face Masks Over Daytime Use

Tormey McManaman, 10th grade, Jackson High School, Superconductive properties of different alloys

Reagan Newell, 11th grade, The effect of acidity on enamel of teeth

Heath Bana, 12th grade, Wentzville Holt High School, Heath created a simulation model to attempt prediction of COVID 19 infections at his high school.

Olivia Harmann, 12th grade, Wentzville Holt High School, Olivia is researching the role weight requirements in the sport of wrestling play on young women’s body image and self esteem.

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Hannah Davis, 12th grade, Hayti High School, Dual expressing cells have been found to be the fundamental factor that causes Type 1 Diabetes

Mallorie Coffee, 11th grade, Jackson High School, Solving the antibiotic resistance of Strep by preventing the initial release of toxins

Devanshi Patel, 12th grade, Holt High School, Industrial manufacturing of chemicals could be made more efficient, less expensive, and more environmentally friendly by using different catalysts.

Macy Steber, 11th grade, Holt High School, Vitamin D supplementation could reduce the need for insulin in type I diabetics

Amaya Kopp, 12th grade, Holt High School, The expression of the TRVP4 gene in humans could potentially affect the development and progress of multiple sclerosis.

Cora Sverdrup, 12th grade, Holt High School, Music in different keys could potentially affect creative expression.

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Sam Berkley, 12th grade, Governor French Academy, I wrote code that creates constantly-changing passwords that cannot be broken by hackers

Eli Jones, 11th grade, Jackson High School, Current developments towards the total synthesis of the new potential drug candidate Lindbergin E could allow for the cost-effective, large-scale preparation of the drug and its analogs.

Brenton Goyea, 9th grade, Governor French Academy, Pomegranate peel powder was the most effective of three methods tested for cleaning up oil spills

Winston Pais, 11th grade, Jackson High School, Extended iPhone usage was found to have a negative impact on one’s cervical neck bone angle

Tahlor Johnson, 11th grade,  Governor French Academy, Shampoos with sulfates, such as Pantene and Garnier, cause hair dye to fade at an accelerated rate

Sage Reagan, 9th grade, Governor French Academy, Thrash counts show effect of heavy metals on C Elegans and may predict neurodegenerative disease

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Elanor Murphy, 8th grade,  Timber Ridge Academy, The Effects of Low Frequency Noise from Wind Turbines on Drosophila Melanogaster

Sophie Little, 9th grade,  Timber Ridge Academy, Drought Tolerance in Setaria viridis and its Application to Worldwide Crops

Madisyn Swan, 11th grade,  Hayti High School,  Bacteria Growth on Toothbrushes

Jah’niihya Barringer and Cloey Phelps, 12th grade, Hayti High School, Phytoremediation of Heavy Metals in Water Using Duckweed

Meegan Sanders, 11th grade,  Hayti High School, How Cognitive Learning is Affected by Carbon Dioxide Levels

Stemaiya Robinson, 11th grade, Hayti High School, How Does Air Pollution Affect Our Crops

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Brandi Peoples, 11th grade, Hayti High School, How Does Air Pollution Affect Our Crops

Hayley Mattern, 12th grade, Holt High School, Evaluating mutations in Volvox algae could help us understand the development of multi-cellularity

Emma Shields, 10th grade, Jackson High School, Putting Clams to the Test

John Stewart, 12th grade,  Governor French Academy, Seat distribution and calculated efficiency gap indicates effective fairness metric for district map

Isabella Navarre, 9th grade,  Governor French Academy, Computer Vision and Machine Learning were able to correctly identify different flower species from photographs
Catie Vincent, 10th grade,  Governor French Academy, The general public is most likely to be accepting of deviance in a social setting

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Gracyn Pietrusinski, 12th grade,  Holt High School, The inclusion of a different type of antigen could make a more effective flu vaccine

Sophia Lange, 9th grade, Timber Ridge Academy, Blinded by Science
Daniel Wamsley, 8th grade,  Timber Ridge Academy, Creating a Mutant Volvox Library to Improve Biofuel Research

Katherine Phillips, 12th grade, Jackson High School, The Effect of Platinum (II) Chloride on Cancerous Lung Cells

Megan Steber, 11th grade, Holt High School, Vitamin D supplementation could reduce circulating blood sugar in type I diabetics
LaNita DeVine, 11th grade, Holt High School, Development of a reporter plasmid for RSV is a necessary first step in creation of an RSV vaccine

Kevin Luster, 11th grade, Hayti High School, The Crystal Structure of 2-Amino-4, 6-Dihydroxypyrimidine Determined from X-ray Crystallography

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