C-I Web Extra -- Local Contest Winners
Physical Science 7th
First Place - Mya Izzard
Second Place - Hunter Sanders
Third Place - J.D. Creed and Joseph Murray
Physical Science 8th
First Place - Chance Kahler
Second Place - Ryan Kelly
Third Place - Trace Guy
Physics of Sports 7th
First Place - Will Warnock
Second Place - Lindsay Pierce
Third Place - Abdy Messinedes
Physics of Sports 8th
First Place - Parker Rankin
Second Place - Will Conder
Third Place - Emma Buchanan
First Place - Meagan Albert
Second Place - Rebekah Wallace
Third Place - Abigail Baytes
First Place - Josiah Altieri
Second Place - Jontre Stuckey
Third Place - Alyssa Gaskins
Medicine & Health 7th
First Place - Katie White
Second Place - Ivan Wennersten
Third Place - Audrey Buchanan
Medicine & Health 8th
First Place - Modyes Sutton
Second Place - Megan Cash
Third Place - Amanda Lane
Behavior & Social 7th
First Place - Alejandra Vergara
Second Place - Nicholas Butler
Third Place - Jacob Arledge
Behavior & Social 8th
First Place - Sarah Barks
Second Place - Shania Steele
Third Place - Anna-Marie Schnese
First Place - Taylor White
Second Place - John Cantey
Third Place - William Perry
First Place - Collin Davis
Second Place - Delaney McLaughlin
Third Place - Grace Smith
First Place - Alexis McLeod
Second Place - Margaret Lackey
Third Place - Laken Bradley
First Place - Heather Wennersten
Second Place - Angela Gimmi
Third Place - Morgan Schoolfield
Thirty-seven students from Camden Middle School (CMS) will compete Friday in a regional science fair at the University of South Carolina (USC).
In January, the top 60 students from each grade participated in a local science fair. Experts from INVISTA, Covidian, Kershaw County Hospital, USC and local animal shelters and veterinarian offices acted as judges, picking first, second and third place winners for seventh- and eighth-graders in each of seven categories at the local competition. Students will compete in a total of 13 categories during the regional competition.
Last year, 20 CMS students competed in the regional competition, winning 18 awards. CMS placed third overall, just behind Columbia’s Dent Middle and Spring Valley High schools.
After realizing a high level of interest in the local science fair, CMS added a “physics of sports category” for participating athletes.
“We wanted to broaden it and have more opportunity for the kids to succeed,” said seventh-grade science teacher Elizabeth Butler.
The school’s Parent-Teacher Organization provided prize money for first, second and third place winners. First place winners received $30; second place, $20; and third place, $10. Seventh-graders received medals while eighth-graders took home trophies.
CMS is “very proud of this because it is an academic competition for students that is very worthwhile,” Butler said.
This is the first year CMS will have a representative in almost every category, she said. Butler, seventh-grade teacher Crystal Page and eighth-grade teachers Valerie Willis and Allison Bullock, give students a lot of hands-on experience in a wide variety of scientific realms before and during the time students work on science fair projects. Knowledge of the subject matter is very important, Butler said. Science fair projects are assigned in August and are due in November. Students spend about eight to 10 weeks working on a project that places high in the competition.
“Every year we see more complex projects,” Page said.
To place in the local competition, students need a project that is on or above their grade level. There is a website students can access to get ideas for the science fair project. Teachers encourage students to work on projects they are interested in and enjoy. Research, the hypothesis, the scientific method, graphs, data tables and presentation are all a part of the science fair rubric, Page said.
“We try to mirror regionals as much as possible so students will be prepared,” she said.
Friday’s competition will pit CMS students against students from all grade levels at private, public and home schools all over the state.
This year’s Roland Lackey Award in chemistry at the local competition went to Christian Flick. The award is presented in honor of Roland Lackey, a judge from INVISTA who passed away this year.
Flick, 14, decided to see if, and how many, Alka Seltzer tablets or Mentos it would take to make a wooden fan spin. The eighth-grader didn’t think he would win an award.
Eighth-grader Modyes Sutton, 14, expressed more confidence she might place in the local competition. The “Overall Winner” in the local science fair studied whether fingerprints are inherited.
Two other first place winners, Collin Davis and Heather Wennersten, studied the ability of an old dog to learn new words and associate the words to an object, and air pollution’s effect on our ability to see constellations in the sky.
Eighth graders were allowed to complete a new project or develop one they completed in seventh grade. Flick, Sutton, Davis and Wennersten all completed a new project for this year’s science fair. All four recognize that there will be greater competition at the regionals.
Students “really have to shift gears” for the regional competition, Davis said.
“Every detail counts” Wennersten said.