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Belmont College Holds District Science Fair

Talented local students showcase their science fair projects virtually for the District 16 Science Fair. 
St. Clairsville, OH (June 1, 2020) – For more than 25 years, students from local schools have displayed hundreds of science projects at Belmont College. This year, due to COVID-19, judging was done a little differently as student’s science fair projects were judged virtually.
In a virtual meeting of the Junior Academy Council, it was decided that the registration platform, STEM Wizard, would be adapted to offer a portal for virtual science fairs across the 17 Districts in Ohio. Students were given additional time, but were asked to upload additional resources for judging which included:
– An enhanced report that would include their Abstract, Research Plan, Collected Data, Discussion of the Results, and Conclusions.
Answers to a series of specific questions taken from the virtual judging rubric.
– A quality photo of their poster display, capturing all the details in focus.
– A short You-Tube video of their presentation (6 to 8 minutes)
Virtual Judges were then asked to register through STEM Wizard and were assigned four to five student projects to evaluate and score.
As in the traditional fair format, each project was judged by two individuals and the scores were then averaged. Judging took place from April 30th through May 5th.
In total, 24 students from local schools competed in the 2020 District Science Fair.
Students from the following schools participated: Barnesville Middle; Bishop John King Mussio Central Elementary; Bishop John King Mussio Central Jr. High; East Richland Christian; Harding Middle; and 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.
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:
– Barnesville Middle: Emma Mazgaj; Ryland Wehr;
– Bishop John King Mussio Central Elementary: Mary Rohde;
– Bishop John King Mussio Central Jr. High: Andrew Rohde; Emily Walker;
– East Richland Christian: Lainie Anderson; Emma Conners; Emma Marl; Abram Miller; Alina Handte; Danica Stoffer; Tim Stoffer;
– Harding Middle: Kayla Biasi;
– St. Mary Central Martins Ferry: Keyuri Morgan; Paul Stecker III; Olivia Stephens.
Chosen as the top project was that of Emma Connors, a 11th grade student from East Richland Christian. Her project titled “How Water Quantity Affects Soybean Germination of Inoculated Seeds” received the Belmont College President’s Award.
The following students received recognitions from Belmont College:
– Award in Bio MED/Health: Andrew Rohde
– Award in Math: Alina Handte
– Award in Animal Science: Danica Stoffer
The following students received the Governor’s Thomas Edison Awards for Excellence: Kaya Biasi; Emma Connors and Emily Walker.
Additionally, Emma Connors from East Richland Christian received the Continuing Project Award.
The following students received the Fifth and Sixth Grade Awards for Excellence: Lainie Anderson; Emma Marl; Emma Mazgaj; Abram Miller; Keyuri Morgan; Mary Rohde; Paul Stecker III; Olivia Stephens; and Ryland Wehr
Those who served on the 2019 Science Fair Committee were: Christopher Clantz, Professor of Natural Sciences and Committee Chair; Rebecca White, Academic Specialist; Ben Fulton, Assistant Professor of Biology; Rita Fulton, Professor of Biology; Theresa Danaher, Principal, Bishop John King Mussio Elementary; Sandy Morelli, Assistant Principal, Bishop John King Mussio Junior High School; and April Woods, East Richland Christian Schools.
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