By Carly Guise
Red Lion junior Alex Sun has been named Grand Champion of the York County Science and Engineering Fair.
Alex, whose project was titled “3D Printing of Biodegradable Materials,” is the fourth person from Red Lion to win a Grand Champion title at the county fair in four years. His predecessors include Alec Gayrama (2015), Levi Jones and Mickayla Smith (2016), and his sister Jessica Sun (2017).
“When I found out that I won Grand Champion, I felt happy because all of the work that I put into this project had paid off,” Alex said. “I wasn’t really expecting it, but I was hopeful.”
In addition to being a Senior Division Grand Champion, Alex also won first place awards in the Senior Division and from the American Chemical Society, the ASM Foundation Award for best in material science, and scholarships from York College and Penn State York.
Alex also won two national awards - the Regeneron Science Talent Search Award and the ASU Watson Sustainability Solutions Award - and will be attending the International Science Fair held in Pittsburgh in May.
Ismail Guler and Shreeji Patel, who won Reserve Grand Champions at Red Lion’s fair for their project “Ionized Radiation Elimination Using Sodium Pentaborate,” earned a first place award in the Senior Division.
The sophomore duo also took home a first place award in the ASM Senior Division, as well as from the Engineering Society of York, and the PSPE Engineering Award.
“Our project this year had some flaws, as some of the judges pointed out,” Shreeji said, “but we are definitely going to fix those flaws, and hopefully be Grand Champions next year.”
Freshman Allison LeGore, with a project titled “Most Effective Way to Sterilize Water,” won a first place award in the Junior Division, as well as two national awards - the American Meteorological Society award and the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.
Due to the schedule change with Honors-level science classes this year, Red Lion sent fewer students to the county fair this year than is typical.
“We did send less students this year,” said chemistry teacher Mrs. Stone, “but we also won much bigger awards.”