Several budding scientists from La Cañada Flintridge and La Crescenta stood out from the crowd of 1,100 participants in the Los Angeles County Science Fair last weekend at the Pasadena Convention Center.
Christopher Sercel, a St. Francis High School junior, earned the competition's Earthwatch Award in ecology for his project, “A Toasty Worm is a Happy Worm: A Study of the Effect of Temperature On the Metabolic Rate of Mealworms.”
Sercel earned the right to participate in an international expedition with working environmental scientists studying topics such as sea turtles, endangered zebras or migrating gray whales.
Sercel may recognize the names of some of the other winners from the area.
His cousin, Zack Sercel, a seventh-grader who is home schooled under the auspices of St. Bede the Venerable Elementary School, took first place in chemistry; Flintridge Preparatory School seventh-grader Jonathan Vahala got a first in product science for his study of sunscreen effectiveness; Crescenta Valley High School junior Richard Cho won for his math project, “Quadratic Residues”; and Easun Arunachalam, also a Crescenta Valley High junior, won for his plant physiology experiment.