Students who Excel in Science Teach Village Board

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Deana Williams and Cheryl Locke with their winning science projects. (Photo: ENEWSPF)

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Does laughter affect memory? Do organic vegetables spoil faster than non-organic? Deana Williams and Cheryl Locke, students at Marian Catholic High School, presented winning research projects to the Village Board last Monday night, demonstrating their acumen on matters scientific.

Deana Williams, daughter of Rickey and Alexis Williams of Park Forest, is a recent graduate of St. Mary School in Park Forest.  Deana participated in the Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Science Fair held at the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL on May 2-3, 2008.  Deana won a Gold Award for her science fair project entitled “Does Laughter Affect Memory?”

Prior to this, Deana had received a Gold Award at her school which allowed her to attend the Regional Science Fair in Joliet on March 7, 2008.  At the Regional, Deana also received a Gold Award.  In addition, her project won a Best of Category Award in the Behavioral Science Category.

This is the second year that Deana has attended.  Last year at the Regional, Deana received a gold award.  In addition, her project won a second best in category award in the behavioral science category and a second best over-all project at the Regional.  Later, Deana won a gold award at the State. Deana received congratulatory letters for both years from the Diocese of Joliet, Superintendent of Catholic Schools after each state fair.

Cheryl Locke, niece of Cheryl and William Morgan of Park Forest, is also a recent graduate of St. Mary School in Park Forest.  Cheryl also participated in the Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Science Fair held at the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL on May 2-3, 2008.  Cheryl won a Bronze Award for her science fair project entitled “Organic vs. Non-Organic Vegetables and Their Spoilage Rate.”

Prior to this, Cheryl had received a Gold Award at her school which allowed her to attend the Regional Science Fair in Joliet on March 7, 2008.  At the Regional, Cheryl also received a Gold Award.

Both girls are now attending Marian Catholic High School.

For the record, laughter does aide the memory, according to Ms. Williams. According to Ms. Locke, organic vegetables will spoil more quickly than non-organic due to the lack of preservatives.