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Students Display Their Research at District Science Fair

 Students at District Science Fair
Students at District Science Fair
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The 2016-17 Onslow County Schools’ District Science Fair took place December 13, at the American Legion.

This year there were 119 student led projects involving nearly 200 students from across the school district.

This year there were more high school projects than ever before, said Michael Elder, the director for Academic Innovation and Gifted Services. “This is a tribute to all the work that has been done with Project Lead the Way and the Applied Technology tower,” he said.

Participants each first competed successfully at their home schools in order to participate in the district event. Science fairs provide an opportunity for students third through 12th grades who are interested in science and technology to pursue their personal areas of interest and display their research.

Students are held to very high standards in terms of paperwork and documentation, just as if they were competing a research project at a very high level. Projects often take weeks for students to put together.

Participants in the statewide fair, which is scheduled in March 2017, are chosen at the regional fairs. The following students in elementary, middle and high school will compete at the Southeast Regional Science Fair Sat. Feb. 11, in the Education Building at UNC Wilmington. The following counties are included in the Southeast Region: Sampson, Wayne, Greene, Lenoir, Craven, Pamlico, Jones, Onslow, Duplin, Carteret, Pender, New Hanover and Brunswick.

Elementary: Casen Neal “Can You Calibrate?” Morton; Alejandro Sotelo “Temperature vs. Mass” Southwest; Natasha Cahill “Go Get Your Toy” Southwest; Adrian Sotelo “Tsunami Science” Southwest; Ava Hardy “The Sleep Game” Stateside; Cameron Cubas “Just Enzymes” Richlands; Riley Nelson “The Speediness of the Venus Flytraps Snaps” Bell Fork; Slayton Owens “Swing For The Fences” Jacksonville Commons; Anaiya Batts “Can Solar Power Cool a Lunch Box” Jacksonville Commons; Mackenzie Morrow & Natalia Nuno “Cooking Up Science” Northwoods.

Middle: Carson Anontavara “Car Accident Escape Kit” Jacksonville Commons; Carrington Sydes “Hands Only CPR” Trexler; Caroline Cubas “Hear to get A-head” Trexler; Jack Smith “Sound Proofing” Jacksonville Commons; Maiya Dorjee “Reaction Time: Texting vs. Talking” Hunters Creek; Jacob White “Balloon Powered Car” Dixon.

High: Neako Ramirez, Joseph Marles, Elliott Easler “Cafeteria Redisign” Richlands; Ryan Baker, Lanny Powell “Roof Ladder Anchor” Richlands; Kaitlyn Sparks “Bottle Fountain” Richlands; Symphony Hines “Pick Leash” Richlands; Matthew MCGovern “The Effects of Abiotic Factors on the Frequency of Frog Calles in NC” White Oak; Hannah DeNuzzi, Victoria Greggs “Evidence for Evolution in Monarch Butterflies” White Oak; Gabrielle Watkins, Jabyas James “Lift-A-Rack” Richlands; Victor Ariton, Shawn Brown “Cheap-Top” Northside; Emily Tsan, Victoria Yarmey “Brain Cancer and the Associated Risk for Depression” White Oak.


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