2014 ISEF Newsletter #6 from Janine

Posted: 16 May 2014
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Filed Under: ISEF, Newsletters, Other Fairs, Our Fair

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Hello Science Fair Friends, Sponsors, and Alumni,

Thursday was one of the best days yet as the Connecticut Delegation rose early for an alarmingly large French toast breakfast.  It became a competition to see who could finish the most, and surprisingly, Bridget won.  With the stress of judging already over, we were well-fed and ready to head over to the convention center for public viewing.

Public viewing was an amazing experience.  There were many young school kids from the area and it was truly rewarding to hear them say, as they were walking away from your project, “WOW, these projects are SO cool.”  Towards the end of the public viewing we all had a chance to look at projects from the other categories and we had fun declaring that none of us understood anything in the “Mathematical Sciences” category.

After public viewing, we traipsed down the block for a delicious lunch at Wolfgang Puck.  On the way there, Bridget and I came across an injured sparrow and decided to take it upon ourselves to try and save it, to which Mrs. Frattalone responded: “Girls we don’t have time for birds!!”

Once at the restaurant, Emma and I continued the tradition of wanting to order the same thing every time we go out to eat, so we both ended up with Gnochi (the pronunciation of which was debated for a while) with everyone else having equally as delectable meals.  We all got a bit nostalgic and talked about our future CT ISEF Delegation reunions while belting out the choruses to Maroon 5 songs.

At long last, it was time for “team Connecticut” to head to the Special Award Ceremony.  With our running catch phrase being “CT takes LA” half of us returned to the hotel with a special award.  Isabelle received the CERN Award, which includes a week long trip to Switzerland, as well as one other award.  Megan received the Society for Experimental Mechanics, Inc. award, and I was humbled enough to receive the Drexel Award (Mom, I’m goin’ to college!).  Anu also won an award from the American Chemical Society.

With the week winding down, we’ve all been enjoying every minute possible and are looking forward to the Grand Award Ceremony on Friday.


Janine Kerr
Junior, Danbury High School

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