Local student wins big at state science fair

By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal staff writer
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Sometimes being your own guinea pig pays off. Josh Sweat, a Skyridge Elementary sixth-grader, won first place in the human biology category at the California State Science Fair, held May 18-19 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Josh, a Type I juvenile diabetic, used his science project as a way to test the effects of Humalog and Novalog insulin. Josh discovered that Humalog insulin was cheaper and more effective. “It makes me feel kind of special,” he said. “A lot of the judges were impressed that I tested on myself.” Josh and fellow Skyridge sixth-grader Bellana Roemer were just two among 965 students in grades 6-12 competing at the state level. The classmates continued on to the state level after winning big at the Sacramento Regional Science and Engineering Fair back in March. This was their teacher Don Scott’s fourth time taking students down to the state fair, “but this is the first time anyone has actually won an award,” he said. “I think they both did a fantastic job,” Scott said of his two students. “I think I was most impressed by just how well they handled themselves. The fact that Josh won an award was just an added bonus. To get any kind of award at the state level, it’s really amazing.” Josh said he was a “nervous wreck” in the days leading up to the state science fair. “I thought, ‘Wow, I’m going to be a part of something big,’” he said. “It was a great experience, because it was the first time in my life I’d done something like that.” In addition to winning first place in the human biology category, Josh also won a Bone Clones Award from Bone Clones Osteological Reproductions Inc. and the Hauta von Wissmann Foundation.