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Burin Peninsula Regional Science Fair win earns Lawn student place at national event

Jenna Hennebury felt the nudge from her friend but she couldn’t believe her ears.

Jenna Hennebury of Lawn’s Holy Name of Mary Academy was this year’s winner of the English School District Newfoundland and Labrador’s Burin Regional Science Fair. She based her project, “Colour Confusion,” on the Stroop effect.

Her name had just been announced as the overall winner of the English School District Newfoundland and Labrador’s Burin Regional Science Fair.

Hennebury, a student at Holy Name of Mary Academy in Lawn, based her project, “Colour Confusion,” on the Stroop effect.

The phenomenon illustrates how words of colours printed in shades different from the word trips up the brain. When the word “blue,” is printed in green, for example, it will take more time to decipher the actual colour.

“To come out on top with this, I’m thrilled,” she told The Southern Gazette afterwards.

Hennebury had some help on the project. A Grade 6 student from Holy Name of Mary Academy was her unofficial partner, she said. The fair was for students in grades 7, 8 and 9.

“I did at least five hours of testing, and then we spent another 10-12 hours in total just getting it together, typing, doing all that,” she said. “So a lot of work went into this and I’m proud of how it came out.”

Hennebury said she couldn’t wait to tell her collaborator the result.

Tuesday’s science fair was held at Fortune Bay Academy in St. Bernard’s-Jacques Fontaine.

In all, there were a total of 38 projects on display, the work of students from six schools around the Burin Peninsula.

With the win, Hennebury secured a spot at this year’s Canada-Wide Science Fair, which will be held in Montreal, Que., from May 15-20.

Students from the participating schools at the regional fair also took part in a Science Olympics challenge in which they had to build a bridge out of spaghetti noodles and test the strength of the structure using the weight of coins.

The team of Janelle Loughlin, Lauren Cribb, Amy Brenton and Olivia Ryan from Burin’s Pearce Junior High School were the winners.


2016 Burin Regional Science Fair winners:




First: Jenna Hennebury

Second: Daniel Pretty and Logan Hennebury

Third: Shawna Edwards


First: Richard Kavanaugh

Second: Kiana Stacey

Third: Jenna Wade Drake




First: Patrick Loder

Second: Keegan Mallay

Third: Charlie Dominaux


Engineering/Computer Technology


First: Brooklyn Gair

Second: Olivia Ryan

Third: Amy Brenton and Mallory Spencer

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