Albemarle High School Wins 44 Awards at Regional Science Fair

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A slew of science whiz kids at Albemarle High School are moving on to state and international competition after a big finish in last week's Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair.

Students in the Math, Engineering and Science Academy (MESA) at Albemarle took home 44 awards, including 10 first-place awards in 13 categories entered.

One of the winning projects was one that successfully identified lying by using only facial analysis.

"I love anything that has to do with FBI and investigations, and I was curious to see if facial analysis actually worked," said Lindsey Brown, a junior at Albemarle High School.

Another of the grand prize winners was a project which detected and measured the amount of additives in bioengineered food as a way of informing consumers.

"When they go to Kroger, when they go to Whole Foods, what they want to support, the type of food system that they want to support and the way that a consumer decides what they want to support, is what they're reading on a label," Albemarle senior Sydney Giacalone stated.

Two other students took top honors at the fair, winning an all-expense paid trip to Phoenix for the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May.