In an effort to promote interest in and support of the petroleum industry, API-Delta Chapter initiated a Special Award for the Greater New Orleans Science & Engineering Fair relating to oil and gas industry topics. The award is included in the new Energy and Transportation Award category and provides monetary contributions to senior division projects relating to the oil and gas industry. The recipient of the award, their teacher, and the school, each receive a monetary contribution in an effort to educate students about the energy industry and careers.
The 51st Greater New Orleans Science & Engineering Fair was held March 15 and 16, 2007 at First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall on Canal Blvd. in New Orleans. API judges chose winners from over 20 exhibits whose subject matter pertained to the energy industry. Our goal, through our generous awards and recognition of teachers and schools, is to encourage awareness and education in the petroleum industry. This year's awards and recipients include:
Chairman's Award - Amy Delahoussaye received $150 for her exhibit entitled "Biofuel vs Fossil Fuel". Ms. Delahoussaye is a junior at John Curtis Christian School. Her teacher, Cathy Boucvalt, received $150 as a result of this placement. Amy also captured third place in the energy and transportation division of the 2007 State Science and Engineering Fair recently held at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
The Distinguished Project was awarded to Megan Kraemer for her project "The Effect of Welding on Stainless Steel in a NaHCl Environment with Surfactant Inhibitors". Miss Kraemer also attends John Curtis Christian School, which received $100 for her second place win. Cathy Boucvalt is also the teacher of Megan and will receive $100. Megan also received recognition for her project at the state fair and placed fourth in engineering at the state level.
The API-Delta's Honorable Mention award went to David Nguyen for his exhibit "What is the Effect of Various Sizes of Magnets on Energy Produced by a Generator". David received $50, his school, John Ehret High School, received $100 and his teacher, Donna Donahoe was awarded $50 by API. John Ehret High School is an Orleans Parish Public school.
In addition to the above mentioned monetary awards, recipients received certificates, trophies and educational materials pertaining to the energy industry.
Other energy society organizations sponsoring project awards were SPE-Delta Chapter and New Orleans Geological Society (NOGS). Science Fair judges for the Energy and Transportation special awards included representatives from API and SPE: Bernadette Alaniz, Holly McNabb Fonseca, Bevin A. VanGilder, Russell Wiggins and Jan Catalano.
API-Delta is dedicated to educating students on the importance of energy and the exciting careers available in petroleum science. The program is under our Education Committee, chaired by Cathy Vaughn. Jan Catalano, Bernadette Alaniz.
Congratulations to all of the 2007 Science & Engineering Fair recipients!