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41 local students take projects to State Science Day

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Forty-one Westerville science, technology, engineering and math students participated this spring and received high rankings at State Science Day.

Ohio State University hosted the event for students in grades 5-12 to exhibit their research and experiments May 10. More than 1,200 students exhibited their research for a chance to win scholarship awards.

The Westerville students who attended State Science Day were students who advanced after their district-level science days that were held in March.

The 66th annual State Science Day was sponsored by the Ohio Academy of Science, American Electric Power, the Ohio Environmental Education Fund, Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane Inc., Time Warner Cable, Ethicon and Battelle.

"This event highlights the dedication of the students, and the high priority that Ohio as a state places on STEM-education," Stephen McConoughey, CEO of the Ohio Academy of Science, said in a press release.

"We are thankful for the large number of sponsors that support this event, as well as the over 1,000 judges and volunteers that donate their time each year. Without their help and scientific expertise, this event would not be possible."

Students from Genoa Christian Academy, Genoa Middle School, Heritage Middle School, Oakstone Academy, St. Paul Catholic School and Walnut Springs Middle School advanced to State Science Day.

Nineteen of the 42 students came from St. Paul. Margie Ford, seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher at St. Paul, said her students start on their projects in August and work on them through February, which contributes to their success.

"I think it is wonderful they stay interested in the topic they chose," Ford said. "All were outstanding because they went to the State Science Day. I think it's a wonderful experience for the students."

From St. Paul, seventh-graders Vincent Giannotti, Christian Grube, Lauren Johnson, Nicole Kurtz, John LeMaster, Olivia Mauger, Jacob Mayhew, Leah Richards, Stephanie Suh and Katherine West; and eighth-graders Maxwell Congrove, Michael Ford, Matthew Frastaci, Dominic Julian, Henry LeMaster, Jacob Mevis, Margaret Omlor, Mary Ruff and Tessa Vogel showcased their work.

Grube, Kurtz, John LeMaster, Mauger, Mayhew, Richards, Suh, West, Frastaci, Ruff and Vogel all received superior awards for their projects.

Two students from Genoa Christian Academy attended. Seventh-graders Emma Gardner and Jennifer Lann exhibited their research. Lann was awarded a superior ranking for her project titled, "Electrical Conductors in Water."

From Genoa Middle School, sixth-graders Matt Boller, Ryan Bussard, Adriane Thompson, Justin Wade; seventh-graders Jacob Borcila and Lara Detrick; and eighth-grader Madison Seabury participated. Boller, Thompson and Detrick received superior rankings.

Five students from Heritage Middle School presented projects. Seventh-graders Brian Courts, Jennifer Courts and Jack Lovell; and eighth-graders Cheyney Carr and Kasyn Scarantine exhibited their work. Both Brian and Jennifer Courts and Lovell received a superior.

From Oakstone Academy, eighth-grader Sam Chase and 10th-graders Issac Baez and Ivory Robinson presented projects that varied from eyewitness accounts, pro-social behavior and effects by age, and fears based on age or gender. Robinson received a superior.

Five Walnut Springs Middle School students also exhibited their research projects: Sixth-graders Bryce Gabelman, Ali Khan and Noah Polak; seventh-grader Evan Voneman; and eighth-grader Grace Yingling. Polak received a superior for his project, "Are fingerprints inherited?"

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