LA CRESCENTA -- Areg Hayrapetian's eyes lit up as he explained his
science project: "The Effect of the Number of Divisions on the Accuracy
of the Area."
It's a mouthful to say and a bit complicated to explain but
Hayrapetian did so with ease.
"I like mathematics," he said with a smile.
The seventh-grader was one of four students at Chamlian Armenian
School who won in the 51st annual Los Angeles County Science Fair.
Hayrapetian took third place in mathematics, while Maral Der
Sarkissian took first in chemistry, Shant Krikorian took first in physics
and astronomy, and Lara Injeyan captured first in engineering research.
The winners will advance to the state competition on May 21 and 22,
where Chamlian students have fared well during past years.
Last year, Injeyan won first place -- the sixth time the school had
placed first or second at the state level.
Injeyan returned to the 2001 competition with a different project,
"Cross-talk in Wavelength Division Multiplexed Optical Fibers."
At the county competition, Chamlian students went up against 1,000
other middle and high school students, which can be nerve-racking.
"It's usually not as bad as you think," said Krikorian, who presented
a project titled: Finding Plank's Constant Using the Photoelectric
The others agreed.
"It usually comes out being easier," said Der Sarkissian, who
participated in the chemistry portion of the competition with her
project, Le Chatelier's Principle.
Five students at the school received honorable mention: Mosi
Joohanian, Kristopher Karaian, Narineh Karaian, Niree Perian and Diana