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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 (April 22, 2022) – For more than 26 years, students from local schools have displayed hundreds of science projects at Belmont College, however for the 2022 event, the Ohio District 16 Science Fair was virtual. Consistent with the past two years, students uploaded their various research documentation and provided a short video in the STEM Wizard platform. A pair of local, virtual judges were then assigned to each project for judging.
 
Students were asked to upload 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 short You-Tube video of their presentation (6 to 8 minutes)
As in the traditional fair format, each project was judged by two individuals and the scores were then averaged. Judging took place from March 19 – March 24, 2022. Results were released on March 26, 2022.
 
In total, 18 students from local schools competed in the 2022 District Science Fair.
 
Students from the following schools participated: Bishop John King Mussio Central Jr. High; East Richland Christian; 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 during virtual project judging held from May 3 – May 12, 2022, with results released on June 1st.
 
The following students received superiors this year, and as such are eligible to represent District 16 at the state-level of competition:
 
East Richland Christian: Charles Gooch; Brayden Miner; Berea Miller
St. Mary Central Martins Ferry: John Adamsky; Keyuri Morgan; Graham Stecker; Paul Stecker, Jr.
 
Chosen as the top project was that of Paul Stecker, Jr., an 8th grade student from St. Mary Central-Martins Ferry. His project titled “Predicting Rocket Performance” received the Belmont College President’s Award as well as the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority Scholarship.
 
Additionally, John Adamsky a 6th grade student from St. Mary Central-Martins Ferry won the runner-up Excellence in Science Award for his project.
 
The following students received awards and recognition:
 
Graham Stecker, 6th grade student from St. Mary Central-Martins Ferry was awarded:
• Phillip Skinner Memorial Award
• 6th Grade Belmont College Award for Excellence
• Ohio Tuition Trust Authority Scholarship alternate
 
Keyuri Morgan, 8th grade student from St. Mary Central-Martins Ferry was awarded:
• Ohio Water Environment Association (SE) Award
• The Society for Analytic Chemists of Pittsburgh Award
• Ohio Tuition Trust Authority Scholarship alternate
• B WISER Camp Scholarship
 
Brayden Miner, 6th grade student from East Richland Christian School was awarded:
• Phillip Skinner Memorial Award
 
Charles Gooch, 5th grade student from East Richland Christian School was awarded:
• Marshall J. Piccin Memorial Award (Physics)
 
Berea Miller, 5th grade student from East Richland Christian School was awarded:
• Marshall J. Piccin Memorial Award (Physics)
 
Aidan Giffin, 7th grade student from St. Mary Central-Martins Ferry was awarded:
• Belmont College Microbiology Award
 
Monica Bolster, 7th grade student from Bishop John King Mussio Central JS-Steubenville was awarded:
• Belmont College Physical Science Award
• B WISER Camp Scholarship
 
Sarah Kuhn, 6th grade student from Bishop John King Mussio Central JS-Steubenville was awarded:
• 6th Grade Belmont College Award for Excellence
 
Silvia Molinar, 5th grade student from East Richland Christian School was awarded:
• 5th Grade Belmont College Award for Excellence
 
Oliva Stephens, 7th grade student from St. Mary Central-Martins Ferry was awarded:
• Linda and David Dunlap Project Continuation Award
• B WISER Camp Scholarship
 
Maria Kissinger, 7th grade student from Bishop John King Mussio Central JS-Steubenville was awarded:
• Belmont College Behavioral and Social Science Award
• B WISER Camp Scholarship
 
Delia Wetherell, 6th grade student from Bishop John King Mussio Central JS-Steubenville was awarded:
• 6th Grade Belmont College Award for Excellence
 
Special thanks to the District 16 Science Fair sponsors for remaining steadfast in their support as the fair has had to adapt to the special circumstances of the pandemic over the past two years:
• Belmont College and Dr. Paul Gasparro, President
• Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh
• Mrs. Margaret M. Piccin (M.J Piccin Memorial Award)
• Linda and David Dunlap (Phillip Skinner Memorial Award and Continuing Project Award)
• American Electric Power
• Southeast Ohio Water Environment Association
• Ohio Soybean Council Foundation
• District 16 Science Fair Council
• Virtual judges: Dr. Suzanne Clutter, Ms. Emma Conners, Mr. Ben Fulton, Mrs. Rita Fulton, Dr. Christopher Gooch, Mr. Philip Handte, Ms. Sarah Lendon, Mr. Ed Mower, Mr. Matt Mower, Mrs. Jane Powell, Mr. Paul Stecker, and Mrs. Kari Yockey.
 
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