April 17, 2013

Thanks to the high quality of their science projects, several Collège Notre-Dame (Sudbury) students stood out during the Sudbury Regional Science Fair held on the Laurentian University campus on April 13 and 14.

Abigail Thorpe and Josée Courtemanche, two grade 12 students at Collège Notre-Dame, distinguished themselves at the Science Fair through the quality of their project entitled “Sudbury’s Toxic Soils and their Effects on Garden Vegetables.” They are among the seven Greater Sudbury students to qualify for the 2013 Canada-Wide Science Fair to be held in Lethbridge (Alberta) on May 11-18. These students are among some 25,000 emerging Canadian scientists from grades 7 through 12 to participate in more than 100 regional science fairs throughout the country.


In addition to seeing their project selected as one of the best ones in the fair, Abigail Thorpe and Josée Courtemanche also claimed the following prizes: University of Ottawa Scholarship, Senior Division – Life Sciences Award, Collège Boréal Award for best French language project at the senior level as well as the Mining Innovation, Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation (MIRARCO) Mining Award.

Other up-and-coming scientists from Collège Notre-Dame were also honoured. Mathieu Roy, grade 9 student, earned the Cambrian College Award for the best junior project in the fields of mining, civil/chemical or renewable energy. His project was entitled “Je cogne des clous.”

Grade 10 student Joël Venne was honoured for his projectdealing with the effects of colour on photosynthesis. He claimed the 2nd prize in the Intermediate Life Science Division, the Collège Boréal Award for best French language project at the intermediate level, as well as Laurentian University’s Biology Award.

Kayla Watson, grade 10 student, presented a project on the effective use of salt to reduce road accidents. Its quality enabled the project to be selected as best Intermediate Physical Sciences Project.

With their project entitled « L’effet de différents fondants sur la fusion de la glace », Céline Bélanger and Gabrielle Larocque, two grade 10 students, claimed the 3rd place in the Intermediate Physical Sciences Project Division.

Grade 10 student Matthieu Trottier presented a project on the turbidity of water that earned him the 2nd prize in the Intermediate Physical Sciences Project Division.

“The outstanding achievements of our Collège Notre-Dame students in the Science Fair reflects the quality of the educational program provided to our students as well as the high level of excellence of our teachers in the fields of science and technology,” stated Mrs. Lyse-Anne Papineau, CSCNO Director of Education. “Our students have a truly well-earned reputation for academic excellence and we take great pride in seeing them reach new heights during this high-level science competition.”