ASA Announces K-12 National Winners of the 2007 Poster and Project Competitions

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The American Statistical Association, (ASA), the nation's preeminent professional statistical society, today announced the national winners of its annual K-12 statistics poster and project competitions. The winning entries were displayed at The Joint Statistical Meetings earlier this month in Salt Lake City. Photos of winning posters available at: http://www.amstat.org/pressroom/index.cfm?fuseaction=2007posters ASA also announced information for teachers about the 2008 poster and project competitions.

The American Statistical Association, (ASA), the nation's preeminent professional statistical society, today announced the national winners of its annual K-12 statistics poster and project competitions. The winning entries were displayed at The Joint Statistical Meetings earlier this month in Salt Lake City. The ASA Poster and Project competitions are coordinated by the ASA/NCTM Joint Committee on Curriculum in Statistics and Probability and the ASA Center for Statistics Education. ASA also announced information for teachers about the 2008 poster and project competitions.

Note to editors: The complete list of national winners follows the text of this news release; a link to photos of the winning posters is in the release.

Poster competition
Winning posters, many of which were chosen via regional competitions throughout the country, were selected in four grade level categories: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. The Washington Statistical Society, ASA's largest chapter, judged all entries not submitted via regional competitions and determined which entries to send to the national judging. Judges selected the winners based on overall impact, clarity of poster message, appropriateness of graphics, originality and creativity, and technical details.

The poster competition, now in its 18th year, encourages students to discover the usefulness of displaying data in creative ways. Students may work individually or in teams to create a poster that tells a statistical story visually and to illustrate conclusions that can be drawn from data.

Project competition
Each project submitted to the 21st annual project competition was read by at least one statistician and one teacher, and a rubric was used to guide the scoring. Statistics project entries were submitted by students in grades 4-12, often working in teams. They posed a question, designed a study to answer the question, collected and analyzed the data, and answered the question using the results of the analysis. Students then wrote a report (10 pages or fewer) of the activity and submitted it to the competition. One prize was awarded this year in each of the following categories: Grades 4-6, Grades 7-9, and Grades 10-12.

Winners online
The winning posters and projects, along with the judging rubrics and the project judges' comments on the strengths and weaknesses of each, may be viewed on the ASA web site at: http://www.amstat.org/pressroom/index.cfm?fuseaction=2007posters

First place winners received $200, a certificate, a plaque for their school, and a grade-appropriate graphing calculator from Texas Instruments. Second place winners received $100 and a certificate; third-place winners received $50 and a certificate; and honorable mentions received a certificate and a ribbon.

2008 Competition Entries
Teachers and students are encouraged to submit posters and/or projects for the competitions by the April 1, 2008 deadline. The entry rules and evaluation methods for the poster and project competitions, as well as entry forms, can be accessed on the ASA web site at http://www.amstat.org/education/index.cfm?fuseaction=poster1. For more information, contact Rebecca Nichols, ASA, 732 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314-1943; or rebecca@amstat.org; (703) 684-1221, ext. 1877.

About the American Statistical Association
The American Statistical Association (ASA), a scientific and educational society founded in Boston in 1839, is the second oldest continuously operating professional society in the United States. For more than 160 years, ASA has been providing its 18,000 members serving in academia, government, and industry and the public with up-to-date, useful information about statistics. The ASA has a proud tradition of service to statisticians, quantitative scientists, and users of statistics across a wealth of academic areas and applications. For additional information about the American Statistical Association, please visit the association's web site at http://www.amstat.org or call 703.684.1221.

2007 Statistics Poster Winners

Grades K-3

First Place: Sachi Carson, Arielle DeVito, Gabrielle Hall, Aarathi Sahadevan, Laura Starkman, and Isabel Weil -Has There Been Diversity in the U.S. Presidency?
Hathaway Brown Primary School, Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Second Place: Molly Sharpe - Who is the Typical Taekwondo Student?
Hathaway Brown Primary School, Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Third Place (TIE): Matthias Quinn - How's My Bowling?
St. Ambrose School, Brunswick, Ohio
and
Olivia O'Brien, James Touey, Claire Williams, and Margaret Wermeling - What's That Sound?
McKinley Elementary, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania

Honorable Mentions:

Doug Bender and Olivia Satler - Back to Square One
Saltsburg Elementary, Saltsburg, Pennsylvania

Madelyn Collia and Victoria Whitman - Molding Cheese at Room Temperature
St. Mary's School, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

Grades 4-6

First Place: Ben Tilley - Are Hybrid Cars Really More Economical?
Pine-Richland Middle School, Gibsonia, Pennsylvania

Second Place: Nicholas Kappeler - Who is Better Today? Arsenal? Or Barcelona?
Pine-Richland Middle School, Gibsonia, Pennsylvania

Third Place: Kiri Pin - The Amount of Children That Are Obese and Overweight
Holland Public Schools Gifted and Talented Program, Holland, Michigan

Honorable Mentions:
Aidan McAuliffe - How Old Will You Be?
Holland Public Schools Gifted and Talented Program, Holland, Michigan

Irvin Villanueva, Maria Martinez, and Lizbeth Lopez - Funny Fins Fly Farther
J.T. McWilliams Elementary School, Las Vegas, Nevada

Grades 7-9

First Place: Miles Bonner - Favorite Fizz
St. Aloysius Academy, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Second Place: Sharyn Beodeker - Women's College Volleyball
Delaware Valley High School, Milford, Pennsylvania

Third Place (TIE):
Michael McNally - Global Warming and Its Solutions
Norwood-Fontbonne, Philadelphia, PA.
and
William Helmold, Emmett Ellmaker, Colton Mitchell, and Jeremy Chobot - Iraq War Losses
Palisades Middle School, Kintnersville, Pennsylvania

Grades 10-12

First Place (TIE):
Chris Resnik, Grant Burkhardt, and Adam Pfrimmer - AFC vs NFC
Peters Township High School, McMurray, Pennsylvania
and
Dan Tamarkin and Alec Simon - Kids Vs. Adults: What They Think of the Drinking and Driving Ages
Beachwood High School, Beachwood, Ohio

Second Place: David Beytas - Is There a Connection Between a State's Median Yearly Household Income and Its Population?
Beachwood High School, Beachwood, Ohio

Third Place (TIE):
Kristin Harris - Do Opening Movie Sales Predict Total Profit?
North Allegheny Senior High School, Wexford, Pennsylvania
and
Michelle Kahl, Breast Cancer
St. Joseph Academy, Cleveland, Ohio

Honorable Mention: Katie Heaps and Reneé Heldman - Which Gum Really Has the Longest Lasting Flavor?
Peters Township High School, McMurray, Pennsylvania

2007 Statistics Project Winners

Grades 4 to 6:
Honorable Mention: Who Has a Faster Heart Rate, Adults or Children?
David Meretzky, a 6th grader at the Institute for Collaborative Education in New York City.
Advisor: Dan Morgenroth.

Grades 7 to 9:
First Place: The Reading Mind: Word Recognition in Short-term Memory
Laura S. Levy, an 8th grader at Kadima Hebrew Academy in West Hills, California.
Advisors: Dr. Harry Stark, Dr. Maria Czech, Mr. Mark Yutan.

Grades 10 to 12:
First Place: Gasoline Markets and Hurricane Rita
Henry Neilson, an 11th grader at Webb School of Knoxville in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Advisor: Bob Brown.

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