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Newton High senior wins top honors at state science fair

Newton High Senior Vitaliy Semenikhin won top honors in the Energy and Transportation Division at the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair for his project on piezoelectricity. (Special photo)

Newton High Senior Vitaliy Semenikhin won top honors in the Energy and Transportation Division at the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair for his project on piezoelectricity. (Special photo)

COVINGTON – Newton High School senior Vitaliy Semenikhin took home first place honors in the Senior Division at the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair on March 28 for his project entitled “Investigating Piezoelectric Properties for Practical Applications.”

According to www.techtarget.com, piezoelectricity is the ability of certain materials to create an electrical charge when subjected to mechanical stress or vibration. Common piezoelectric materials include quartz, certain types of ceramics, Rochelle salts and even human bones.

The term originates from the Greek word “piezo,” which means to press or squeeze. Discovered by physicists Jacques Curie and Pierre Curie in 1880, piezoelectricity is currently utilized in devices for industrial and manufacturing markets, as well as the automotive industry.

Semenikhin said that his award for the project is the result of six months of dedication to researching the topic, designing and conducting an experiment, working on results and coming to a conclusion.

“I’m very passionate about science,” said Semenikhin. “It provides a lot of answers for me. I find it very interesting. It’s very all-inclusive and interests me a lot.”

His award of top honors was given in the Energy and Transportation Division. He won awards at both the regional and state science fairs last year.