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Marcellus students win invention competition

INVENT AMERICA! Announces 2007 National Invention Winners

Marcellus Students Receive Second Place and Honorable Mention Awards

For the sixth time in the last seven years in which the Marcellus Central Schools participated in the national INVENT AMERICA! Competition, student inventors from Marcellus have been named national winners.

McKenna Donegan and Colette Rigas, who were second grade students last year, entered the 2007 Marcellus Invention Convention with their invention, "The Food Checker." Colette and McKenna became the Second Grade, Grade Level Winners and Third Place Winners in the K-3 division of the competition. As a result, the girls' invention was submitted to the INVENT AMERICA! Competition by Sonya Rocco, who is the Invention Convention Coordinator and Enrichment Teacher for the District. McKenna and Colette were recently named the Second Grade Second Place INVENT AMERICA! Winners.

Alexis Duke was the 2007 Grade 5 Grade Level Winner and Third Place Winner in the 4-8 division of the Marcellus Invention Convention. Her invention, "Lunch-O-Matic," was also submitted to INVENT AMERICA! Alexis was named a Fifth Grade Honorable Mention Winner.

Mrs. Rocco wasn't surprised by INVENT AMERICA!'s recent announcements. She felt that Colette and McKenna's invention and Alexis' invention both had a great chance of capturing one of the top INVENT AMERICA! awards. INVENT AMERICA! judges look for unique ideas that are useful and solve someone's problem. Both inventions did just that.

In response to the question asked on the INVENT AMERICA! entry form, "What is the need or problem solved?" McKenna and Colette stated, "Sometimes when people with food allergies or dietary restrictions (like me) go to eat at a restaurant, it is not clear what ingredients have been used in the meals. This device will tell these people what foods/menu items are safe for them." They went on to say, "Food restriction (allergy) information is put into the portable computer (by the customer in a restaurant). The scanner is used to read menu bar codes. The computer compares the food ingredients from the bar code to the allergy information. The computer tells you if the food is safe for you to eat"

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