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Hoy Sisters Capture Sixth at National ArgiScience Competition

Photo courtesy of Paige and Nora Hoy
Paige and Nora Hoy

Tyrone FFA members Nora and Paige Hoy placed sixth at the National FFA AgriScience Fair Event with their “Eggmosis” Project in the Food Products and Processing Systems category at the 96th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN, in early November.

They also presented their research (shared below) at the FFA Student Showcase Stage and spoke with industry professionals and other FFA members during the AgriScience Poster Presentations.

“Our project began back in late spring, early summer of 2022 during a family discussion on proper nutrition to help us sustain our dance schedules and practices,” Nora said.

“During the conversation, I brought up what I was learning in science class on osmosis,” Paige added.

The experiment was run to show how different solutes at various concentrates (salts and sugars) affect osmosis in a cell.

Through discussions with the agricultural educator and previous observations in the Ag room, the Hoys began to conduct research to determine how osmosis impacts human and animal cells. Both researchers are also active dancers and were interested in how the different solutes may be impacting their own bodies in regard to physical performances and intense training.

They presented their initial research at the 2023 PA Farm Show in January.

Based on feedback and conducting further trials, they submitted their written report to the PA FFA State AgriScience competition and completed a Zoom interview in April.

Winning their division and category provided them the opportunity to submit a written report and application to the National FFA level competition in June. August they received notice they were selected as National Finalists, meaning the top 10 in their category and division.

In September they presented their research to another panel of judges via a Zoom meeting.

During the National FFA Convention, they received their placing and received their silver medals.

“We would like to express our special thanks of gratitude to our Agricultural Education Teacher and Mom, Tiffany Hoy, as well as our Dad, Phillip Hoy, for providing us guidance and encouragement to question our environments and conduct experiments,” said Nora, “To the expert science teachers Bryan Gruber, Beth Cannistraci, Gary Aharrah of Tyrone High School, and Jennifer Hubert of Notre Dame High School, NJ who offered suggestions and solutions to better our topic on the impact of specific sugars and salts in the osmosis process. These individuals and more helped us in conducting a lot of research and we became more confident in utilizing the scientific method and working as a team. All scientists concurred we should only focus on salt solutions and data until consistent data was documented.”


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