On Sunday afternoon, April 18, 1948, St. Sebastian’s held its first science fair. Parents and friends who were invited to view the exhibits likely saw seniors and juniors fondly carrying their mechanical monsters, electronic dreams and other products of engineering geniuses into the dining hall on Nonantum Hill. The upperclassmen were all competing to see whose project would be entered into the Archdiocesan School Science Fair, and then perhaps even the School State Finals. Fr. Harrington’s chemistry and physics students participated in the fair for many years; Fr. Harrington even served as judge himself. In fact, many Arrows participated in this tradition throughout the years. Take a look at a few of the highlights and memories of the St. Sebastian’s Science Fair.
- At the first Science Fair in April 1948, Paul Sullivan ’49 was awarded first place and $15 for his gas-producing exhibit.
- In 1954, Fr. Harrington named Joe Callahan ’55 first place for his work on microscopy, which showed evidence of much painstaking labor and research. In second place was Peter McLaughlin ’55, with an exhibit on paper which had been prepared with diligent effort. Third prize winners were John Cassidy ’54 and Herb Donlan ’56, who, in a joint project, surveyed the football field and then constructed an accurate topographical map of it. George White ’54 took fourth place with his work in the field of topology, an abstruse but fascinating branch of mathematics.
- In 1957, there was a three-way tie for first place in the Science Fair. Fr, Harrington awarded first prize to Bruce Egan ’57 with his “Math Can Be Fun,” John Shea ’58 with his working telescope, and Ed Doherty ’57 for his model framework of a building that was to be erected.
- In 1962, first prize was presented to John Reintjes ’63 for his baffling work entitled “Machine Logic,” and second place honors were awarded to our very own current math teacher, Richard Palmaccio ’62. Palmaccio showcased a precision-made pendulum clock, which incredibly kept perfect time!
These are only some of the many creative and impressive Science Fair projects that were created by Arrows over the years. We hope all of our Arrows during Fr. Harrington’s era have fond memories of your Science Fair creations!
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