CHS student wins 1st place at the East Panhandle Regional Science Fair

March 2, 2016 | Erika Newland

Aleja Johnson, a 12th grader at Crestview High School, won 1st place in the Chemistry category at the 39th Annual Robert Sheffield East Panhandle Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Aleja also won the Yale Science and Engineering Award along with the Florida Association of Science Teachers award that also include numerous prizes at the Regional Science Fair.

Aleja’s prize consists of two years of tuition and books to Northwest Florida State College. Additionally, Aleja will be representing Crestview High School and the East Panhandle Region at the State Science Fair in April. There she will be able to compete to win a 4 year scholarship, cash, trips, and many more prizes. For her project, Aleja invalidated the Kastle-Meyer technique used in forensic examination at crime scenes.

Paw Prints recently caught up with Aleja Johnson to get her reaction and insight into her achievement.

How did you feel when you won 1st place in chemistry at the science fair?

I felt awesome and proud of myself especially after all the hard work and time I spent on it. Even after I was disappointed last year, I never gave up.

What exactly is the Kastle-Meyer technique and how did you invalidate it?

The Kastle-Meyer technique is a test using phenolphaline with substances found at a crime scene in the hopes of finding blood. Forensic investigators use this method and use the data to say blood was found; however, I proved that this test couldn’t be used to prove the presence of blood.

Are you ready for the State Science Fair in April?

Honestly? No. I am extremely nervous but when the time comes, I know I’ll kill it. And even if I don’t, I made it that far and I’m happy with that.

What can we expect to see from you at the State Science Fair?

At the state science fair, everyone can expect me to be as awesome as I was at the regional. I expect to get a lot of awards for a lot of places so….. fingers crossed.

Is there anything else you would like to add about your achievements or the fair coming up?

Doing the science fair is a lot of work and anyone who wants to, should pick something you love and go with it. I loved it and nothing is impossible.

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