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Belmont College Holds District Science Fair

Talented local students showcase their science fair projects at the District 16 Science Fair held at Belmont College.

 

St. Clairsville, OH (March 23, 2018) – For more than 25 years, students from local schools have displayed hundreds of science projects at Belmont College. The halls were recently filled once again with scientific inquiry.

 

Photo caption: Chosen as the top project was that of Emma Connors (pictured left), a 9th grade student from East Richland Christian. Her project titled “How the pH of Water Affects Soybean Germination” received the Belmont College President’s Award. She is pictured here with Dr. Rebecca Kurtz, Belmont College Vice President of Academic Affairs & Student Engagement.

85 students from seven local schools competed in the 2018 District Science Fair at Belmont College’s Main Campus in St. Clairsville on Saturday, March 17.

 

Students from the following schools participated: Bishop John King Mussio Elementary; Bishop John King Mussio Jr. High; East Richland Christian; Harding Middle; St. Clairsville Middle; St. Mary Central Martins Ferry; and St. John Central High School.

 

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, District 16 Representative 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. “Heart-felt 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. We also appreciate all our donors, sponsors, and volunteer judges who make this event possible.”

 

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 12, 2018: Lucinda Banks, St. Clairsville Middle; Arabella Bloomer, Bishop John Mussio Elementary;

Guy Bucci, Bishop John Mussio Elementary; Emma Conners, East Richland Christian; Gracie Crumm, East Richland Christian; Noah Crumm, East Richland Christian; Luke Deptula, Bishop John Mussio Elementary; James Devereaux, Harding Middle; Lucan Galbraith, St. Mary Central; Joseph Green, St. Mary Central; Alina Handte, East Richland Christian; Liliana Hunt, Bishop John Mussio Jr. High; Sydney Koller, St. Mary Central; Natalie Lucas, Bishop John Mussio Elementary; Ella Maragos, Bishop John Mussio Elementary; Aiden McMillan, East Richland Christian; Kiera O’Brien, Harding Middle; Mackinnley Perkins, East Richland Christian; Isabella Phillips, Bishop John Mussio Jr. High; Alex Richards, East Richland Christian; Drew Roberts, East Richland Christian; Nash Roberts, East Richland Christian; Issaac Sharp Rosel, Harding Middle;  Matthaias Sacco, St. Mary Central; Tim Stoffer, East Richland Christian; Danica Stoffer, East Richland Christian; Sophia Talamonti, East Richland Christian; Alaina Thornburg, East Richland Christian; Liam Tomlin, St. Mary’s Central; and Kaylynn Yockey, East Richland Christian.

Chosen as the top project was that of Emma Connors, a 9th grade student from East Richland Christian. Her project titled “How the pH of Water Affects Soybean Germinationreceived the Belmont College President’s Award.

Chosen for the Runner-up Award was Tim Stoffer, an 8th grade student from East Richland Christian, for his project titled ” Does Blue Light Impair Reading Speed and Comprehension?” This is the Excellence in Science Award, sponsored by the District 16 Science Fair Committee.

 

Other special recognitions and cash awards were also given as follows:

 

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

  • Award in Chemistry: Alaina Thornburg, East Richland Christian
  • Award in Biochemistry: Kiera O’Brien, Harding Middle
  • Award in Environmental Chemistry: Jillian Bucci, Bishop John Mussio Jr. High and Liliana Hunt, Bishop John Mussio Jr. High
  • Award in Medicine & Health: Grace Balzano, Bishop John Mussio Jr. High; Joeph Green, St. Mary’s Central; Joseph Stetson, Bishop John Mussio Jr. High; and Ava Zelek, St. Mary Central

 

The following students received the M.J. Piccin Memorial Award from Belmont College, sponsored by Mrs. Margaret Piccin:

  • Award in Engineering: Alina Handte, East Richland Christian

 

The following students received the Phillip Skinner Memorial Award, sponsored by Mrs. Linda Dunlap:

  • Award in Engineering: Lindsay Busby, Harding Middle and Aiden McMillan, East Richland Christian

 

The following students received recognitions from Belmont College:

  • Award in Behavioral & Social Science: Isabella Phillips, Bishop John Mussio Jr. High and Tim Stoffer, East Richland Christian
  • Award in Botany: Maria Meyers, Bishop John Mussio Jr. High
  • Award in Microbiology: Abby Giffin and Sydney Koller, both of St. Mary Central
  • Award in Zoology: Vanessa Murphy, St. Mary Central and Sarah Rechen, Bishop John Mussio Jr. High
  • Math Award for Statistical Analysis: Luke Deptula, Bishop John Mussio Elementary

 

The following students received the Governor’s Thomas Edison Awards for Excellence:

  • Advanced or Alternative Energy: Ellen Rohde, Bishop John Mussio Jr. High
  • Environmental Sciences: Kaylynn Yockey, East Richland Christian

 

Additionally, Ellen Rohde received the American Electric Power Award, while the following students received the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority Scholarship: Dillon Aria and Jillian Bocci.

 

The following students received recognition and a camp scholarship from BWiser Institute: Grace Balzano; Jillian Bucci; Liliana Hunt; Vanessa Murphy; Maria Myers; Sarah Rechen; Ellen Rhode; Elliana Rice; and Ava Zelek.

 

The following student received recognition and a monetary award from the Soybean Council: Emma Connors. Additionally, Dayton Mayle received recognition and a monetary award in Water Environment Science.

 

The following students received the Fifth-Grade Awards for Excellence: Alex Richards; Drew Roberts Nash Roberts; and Danica Stoffer.

 

The following students received the Sixth-Grade Awards for Excellence: Sophia Talamonti; Gracie Crum; Noah Crum; Ella Maragos; Natalie Lucas; and Mackinnley Perkins.

 

Those who served on the 2018 Science Fair Committee were: Rita Fulton, Professor of Biology and committee chair; Christopher Clantz, Associate Professor of Natural Sciences; Theresa Danaher, Principal, Bishop John King Mussio Elementary; Sandy Morelli, Bishop John King Mussio Junior High School; and April Woods, East Richland Christian Schools.

 

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