Roufs wins trip to International Science Fair

MANKATO – Cathedral High School sophomore Ellen Roufs won a second straight trip to the International Sustainable World Energy Engineering Environment Project Olympiad (I-SWEEEP) at the South Central/South West Regional Science Fair competition held Saturday at Minnesota State University/ Mankato.

Roufs and two other regional winners will compete with projects from across the world. Her project, “Energy from Mud,” dealt with creating fuel cells that produced electricity from benthic mud and the present bacteria.

The international event is scheduled for May 8-13 in Houston.

Twenty-eight students from New Ulm Cathedral participated in the regional competition.

CHS students took home 21 sponsored “special awards,” including a $250 prize to seventh-grader Becca Schwarz

Other results were:

State trip winners (Purple ribbon awards) Ashlyn Berg, Becca Schwarz, Elise Webb, Leah Schmitt, Anna Knowles, Jordan Reinhart, Samantha Guldan, Abbey Guggisberg, and Ellen Roufs.

1st Place awards (Blue Ribbon) Jenna Helget, Brendan O’Brien, Truman Pippert, Hannah Friendshuh, Kate Klimek, Caleb Kirchberg, Ian Berdan, Rose Hazuka, Jeffery Hogan, Annie Roufs, Regan Berdan, Jillian Griebel, Cassandra Kretsch, Emily Shotzko, and Rachel Guggisberg.

2nd Place award (red Ribbon) Adam Franta, McKenna Berdan, Conner Jakes, and Jack Wenner

CHS Science Fair Coordinator Tim Guldan was presented with the “Educator Award” from the CT Wang Family Endowment.

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