Volcanoes Erupt at West Essex High School

 Koji Lewis of Roseland reacts to his volcano eruption as group members Azdren Lajci of Fairfield and Steven Lucero of North Caldwell look on. Credits: Allison Freeman
Joe Torter of Essex Fells and Pat Dingwell of Essex Fells enjoy their volcano eruption. Credits: Allison Freeman
Mary Clare Hanley, Veronica Greczek and Matthew Richardella, all of Fairfield, with their "Mount Divergent"-themed volcano. Credits: Allison Freeman
Jared Gatti of Roseland, Hussain Qureshi of North Caldwell and Gia Falzarano of Fairfield with their "Space Mountain" volcano. Credits: Allison Freeman
Jacki Torchia of Roseland, Katie De Brabanter of North Caldwell and Spencer Peckman of North Caldwell with their Mount Beach volcano. Credits: Allison Freeman
Lisa Giuffre of Fairfield, Anthony Agrifolio of Fairfield and Josh Caggiano of North Caldwell with their Toy Story Pizza Planet Volcano appropriately made in a pizza box. Credits: Allison Freeman

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - Freshman taking Eartth & Environmental Science at West Essex High School created volcanoes as part of a special project and the results were explosive!

The students formed groups and built themed-volcanoes ranging from Toy Story to the film "Divergent" to another based on the game Candy Land.

Faculty then came in to judge the students' creativity and winners were selected.

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The winners were: 

  • 1st Place:
    Mt. Bikini Bottom 

  • 2nd Place:
    Crystal Peak 

  • 3rd Place:
    Andy's Mountain

Afterwads, students used baking soda and red wine vinegar to make their creations erupt. Many students enjoyed this part and were surprised with the results.  

"Making a volcano was so great," said Joe Torter of Essex Fells, adding he learned "that volcanoes release many toxic gases."

'I learned how destructive volcanoes can be," said Steven Lucero.

"They have a fast-moving lava flow which is very dangerous and can travel up to 100 miles per hour and incinerate from the inside out," added Koji Lewis of Roseland.

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