Francesca (Frankie) Mazza
Class of 2016
1. What activities, clubs, or organizations were you involved with during high school?
I was part of French National Honor Society, National Honor Society, Science Club and French Club
2. What were you best known for in high school?
I was known for being very studious. I loved to read and learn new things, and was always up for a challenge.
3. What have you been up to since graduation?
I just finished my sophomore year of college at Carroll University where I am studying both Biology and Psychology. I started off as an Environmental Science major but switched to Biology and Psychology to pursue my goal of becoming a neurologist. At Carroll, I am part of Eco Club and Tri-Beta - an honor society for students studying Biology. I plan to go to Costa Rica next summer to study sustainability and ecotourism.
4. Tell me more about SPUR - how you came to be interested in the internship, how you were chosen, and what you are looking forward to.
During my freshman year of college, my biology professor told us about the Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) at the Medical College of Wisconsin. It's a highly selective program, and I have always been interested in research, so I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to get my foot in the door. I applied and was selected to help further the research on molecular and cellular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity. I am incredibly excited to be working with and learning from a faculty member at MCW in the field of neuroscience! I am looking forward to learning new techniques and to see what it's like to be a full-time researcher.
5.Advice for current students? Shout out to any teacher or staff member that encouraged/influenced you while in high school?
My advice for current students is to take academics seriously, but also allow yourself to take a break when needed. Have fun and unplug from technology every once in a while - take up some new hobbies! Also a huge shout out to my amazing AP Psychology teacher, Miss Pyne -- the first person to teach me about the brain and the one who made me realize that I want my career to focus around neuroscience. And another shout out to Madame Fox, for letting me be in her classroom all day and for giving me the courage and confidence to believe in myself and pursue my goals. I wouldn't have been accepted for SPUR if it weren't for these two incredible women.
Muskego Engineering Warriors Place and earn Awards at Badger State Science & Engineering Fair
Muskego Engineering students proved that not only do they have their fingers on the pulse of current science and engineering problems, but they also have excellent communication skills to tell people about their work. After hours of judging at the Badger State Science & Engineering Fair, these senior students placed in multiple categories, won awards, and earned further competition opportunities.
Hunter Bindas and Abigail Warwick won 1st Place in the Environmental Sciences category with their project Development of a Grass Variety as a Way to Remove Nitrogen from Water Environments. They also won the Philip Streich Memorial Award (the fair’s highest award) and the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, an opportunity to progress to an international fair.
Ryan Gillespie and Andrew Grady won 1st Place in the Physics/Math/Computer Sciences category for their project Space Debris Removal via a Rotating Tether.
Kyle Ignasiak, Elise Prange, and Alyssa Rutzinski won 2nd Place in the Engineering category with their project Redesigning River Turbines to Produce Electrical Energy More Efficiently. They also won the American Meteorological Society Award, the United States Air Force Award, and the Stockholm Junior Water Prize at the Capital Science & Engineering Fair.
Levi Leonard and Dawson Grohall won 3rd Place in Engineering with their project Application of Graphene: Water Filter with Removable Sleeves. They also won the RICOH Sustainable Development Award, the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, and the MacGyver Award from STI Engineering & American Science & Surplus.
C.J. Herrera and Jacob Calvino won the International Society for Optics and Photonics Award for their project A Device to Minimize Bat Mortality from Wind Turbine Collision.
Noah Entringer and Matt Jensen were awarded a chance to apply to the GENIUS Olympiad for their project, Improving Efficiency of Wind Turbines by Altering the Blades.
These students will move on to further competition to represent our state at the Stockholm Junior Water Prize and the GENIUS Olympiad. All of the Muskego High School students were praised for their variety of topics and their enthusiasm in wanting to solve pivotal world problems through their research and development of very applicable solutions.
Their teacher, Karen Lindholm-Rynkiewicz, has been proud to guide these students through their research processes.
From: Andrew Bavlnka, Associate Principal
Muskego High School
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MHS Engineering Warriors earn Place & Awards at Capital Science & Engineering Fair
MHS Engineering students proved that they have their fingers on the pulse of current science and engineering problems. After a long day of judging inquiry at the Capital Science & Engineering Fair, these senior students placed in the Engineering Sciences Category and won 9 of the 17 awards given.
Kyle Ignasiak, Elise Prange, and Alyssa Rutzinski won 3rd place in Engineering Sciences with their project: Redesigning River Turbines to Produce Electrical Energy More Efficiently. They also won the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, which is the first step to an international competition by the Nobel Institute.
Levi Leonard and Dawson Grohall won 4th place in Engineering Sciences with their project: Application of Graphene: Water Filter with Removable Sleeves. They also won an award from the American Meteorological Society for their work in the hydrological sciences.
Tyler Dembosky and Tyler Radtke were awarded the Lau and Bea Christensen Award for Social Sciences for their project: Device for the Removal of Carbon Dioxide and Particulate Matter from Vehicle Exhaust. This award is for the best exhibit addressing economic sciences.
Ryan Gillespie and Andrew Grady won two awards for their work: Space Debris Removal via a Rotating Tether. The Mu Alpha Theta Award for investigating a problem in mathematics and the NASA Earth System Science Award for offering insight into earth's connected systems.
C.J. Herrera and Jacob Calvino won the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s “Taking the Pulse of the Planet” award for their project: A Device to Minimize Bat Mortality from Wind Turbine Collision.
Hunter Bindas and Abigail Warwick were awarded the Ricoh Americas Corporation “Sustainable Development Award” for their project that exhibited principles and technical innovations for sustainable development titled: Development of a Grass Variety as a Way to Remove Nitrogen from Water Environments.
Noah Entringer and Matt Jensen were awarded the U.S. Air Force certificate for outstanding STEM project for their work: Improving Efficiency of Wind Turbines by Altering the Blades.
Alexander Beer and Zachary Wehr were awarded the Yale Science and Engineering Association award for best exhibit in engineering and physics for their research project: Improving Perovskite Solar Cells by Engineering a Water Resistant Environment for the Active Layer.
These students will move on to further competition at the Waukesha Colleges Science and Engineering Fair held at Carroll University Student Center on March 3 followed by Badger State Science and Engineering Fair on March 17 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Student Union. All fairs are open to the public starting at 2:30 pm.
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