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Belmont College Holds District Science Fair

Pictured: Sarah Lendon (left) from Bethesda, Ohio receives congratulations from Dr. Rebecca J. Kurtz, Vice President of Learning and Student Success at Belmont College. Lendon was awarded the first place Belmont College President’s Award for her project titled 'Childproof Containers.'
Pictured: Sarah Lendon (left) from Bethesda, Ohio receives congratulations from Dr. Rebecca J. Kurtz, Vice President of Learning and Student Success at Belmont College. Lendon was awarded the first place Belmont College President’s Award for her project titled 'Childproof Containers.''

St. Clairsville, OH (March 21, 2014) For more than 23 years, students from local schools have displayed hundreds of science projects at Belmont College. The halls were recently filled once again with scientific inquiry.

More than 65 students from six local schools competed in the 2014 District Science Fair at Belmont College’s Main Campus in St. Clairsville on Saturday, March 15.

Students from the following schools participated: Bishop John King Mussio Elementary and Junior High School; Buckeye West Elementary, East Richland Christian; Leona Middle; St. Mary Central - Martins Ferry.

The district science fair is for students who have participated in and achieved superior scores in their school fairs or have been selected by their teachers as having exceptional projects. These projects are judged again by more rigorous standards, and the top projects among all displayed are recognized and rewarded with superior ratings and special awards sponsored by a variety of donors. The very top students are then selected to represent District 16 at the state-level competition at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

According to Rita Fulton, science fair organizer and Professor of Biology at Belmont College, the district fair gives participating students a chance to display all of their projects in one location to the general public. “There is educational value as the students are not only judged, but the judges write comments to help the students improve on what they have done, so that each time they do a project, hopefully they learn more about scientific research.”

“The number of quality projects that we had this year was very impressive,” said Fulton. “A heartfelt congratulations and thank you goes to all teachers and parents for their support of the students who represent the winners from their local school fairs and exhibits.”

The following students received superiors this year, and as such are eligible to represent District 16 at State Science Day, the state-level of competition which will be held at The Ohio State University on May 10: Dominic Argentine, Bishop John King Mussio Junior High; Nathan Bell, East Richland Christian; Abigail Berk, East Richland Christian; Emma Borden, Bishop John King Mussio Junior High; Francesca Boni, Bishop John King Mussio Elementary; Quinten Butts, Bishop John King Mussio Junior High; Zachary Campbell, Bishop John King Mussio Junior High; Paul Carapellotti, Bishop John King Mussio Junior High; Emma Conners, East Richland Christian; Jude Cottrell, East Richland Christian; Kylie Gallagher, East Richland Christian; Shaylyn Horvath, St. Mary Central – Martins Ferry; Scott Kuckuck, East Richland Christian; Sarah Lendon, East Richland Christian; Leah MacNealy, East Richland Christian; Abby Milhorn, East Richland Christian; Mia Neary, Bishop John King Mussio Elementary; Cynthia Phillipson, Bishop John King Mussio Junior High; Erin Savage, St. Mary Central – Martins Ferry; Travis Shore, Bishop John King Mussio Junior High; Morgan Tomich, East Richland Christian; Karlie Vandeborne, Bishop John King Mussio Elementary; Zachary Vargo, St. Mary Central – Martins Ferry; Luke Watt, East Richland Christian; and Kaylynn Yockey, East Richland Christian.

Chosen as the top project was that of Sarah Lendon, student at East Richland Christian from Bethesda, Ohio. Her project titled “Childproof Containers” received the Belmont College President’s Award.

Several special recognitions and cash awards were also given from sponsors including: District 16 Science Fair Committee, M. J. Piccin Memorial, Ohio Water Environment Association, Phillip Skinner Memorial, Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, Soybean Council, and XTO Energy.

The following students received recognitions from Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh:

  • Award in Chemistry: Emma Borden, Bishop John King Mussio Junior High; Morgan Tomich, East Richland Christian; and Luke
  • Award in Biochemistry: Paul Carapellotti, Bishop John King Mussio Junior High.
  • Award in Environmental Chemistry: Josie Stephens, East Richland Christian.
  • Award in Medicine & Health: Cynthia Phillipson, Bishop John King Mussio Junior High.

The following students received the M.J. Piccin Memorial Award from Belmont College:

  • Award in Engineering: Zachary Campbell, Bishop John King Mussio Junior High.
  • Award in Physics: Travis Shore, Bishop John King Mussio Junior High.

The following students received the Phillip Skinner Memorial Award:

  • Award in Engineering: Kylie Gallagher, Bishop John King Mussio Junior High and Travis Shore, Bishop John King Mussio Junior High.

The following students received recognitions from Belmont College:

  • Award in Behavioral & Social Science: Sarah Lendon, East Richland Christian, and Cynthia Phillipson, Bishop John King Mussio Junior High.
  • Award in Earth & Space Science: Nathan Bell, East Richland Christian.
  • Award in Microbiology: Katelyn Zwierzewicz, Bishop John King Mussio Junior High.
  • Award in Botany: Morgan Tomich, East Richland Christian, and Karlie Vandeborne, Bishop John King Mussio Elementary.

The following students received the Governor’s Award for Excellence:

  • Advanced or Alternative Energy: Emma Crites, Bishop John King Mussio Junior High.
  • Advanced Materials: Kaylynn Yockey, East Richland Christian.
  • Agriculture & Food Technology: Emma Conners, East Richland Christian.
  • Environmental Sciences: Dominic Argentine, Bishop John King Mussio Junior High.

The following students received recognition and a camp scholarship from BWiser Institute: Emma Borden, Bishop John King Mussio Junior High; Shaylyn Horvath, St. Mary Central – Martins Ferry; Josie Stephens, East Richland Christian; and Morgan Tomich, East Richland Christian.

The following student received recognition and a $100 cash award from Ohio Water Environment Association: Dominic Argentine, Bishop John King Mussio Junior High.

The following student received recognition and a monetary award from the Soybean Council: Karlie Vandeborne, Bishop John King Mussio Elementary.

The following student received the XTO Award in Energy: Quinten Butts, Bishop John King Mussio Junior High.

The following East Richland Christian students received the Fifth Grade Awards for Excellence: Abigail Berk; Jude Cottrell; Kylie Gallagher; Scott Kuckuck; Abby Milhorn; and Kaylynn Yockey.

The following students received the Sixth Grade Awards for Excellence: Francesca Boni, Bishop John King Mussio Elementary; Nathan Bell, East Richland Christian; Mia Neary, Bishop John King Mussio Elementary; and Karlie Vandeborne, Bishop John King Mussio Elementary.

Those who served on the 2014 Science Fair Committee were: Rita Fulton, Professor of Biology and committee chair; Sally Butterworth, Academic Specialist-Math, Mental Health, Child Development, Engineering, and Industrial Skills; Christopher Clantz, Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences; Sandy Morelli, Bishop John King Mussio Junior High School; John Earls, Retired Engineer; Vince Thornburg, Shadyside High School; April Woods, East Richland Christian Schools; and Lynda Keylor, St. Clairsville Middle School.

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