Nineteen Hilltop High School students have qualified for Regional Competition after successful showings at the school’s annual science fair.
Of those who earned the right to advance, thirteen of them were awarded a Superior rating, which is the highest they are able to receive. Given this honor were Layni Alport, Hannah Carothers, Marlee Carroll, Karissa Crisenbery, Autumn Jermeay, Josiah Law, RyLee McCain, Madeline McKinney, Veronica Roth, Madeleine Routhier, Baylee Schmitt, Kaylista Underwood, and Adreyn Yates. Six more competitors were awarded High Excellents, including Alyssa Carter, Cierra Grant, Malorie Heer, Jenna Kempf, Victoria Masters, and Allie Schmitt. That rating allows them to advance to the Regionals as well.
In the Behavioral and Social Science category, Carothers ahd Baylee Schmitt tied for first place, while Crisenbery, McKinney, and Underwood were locked in a three-way tie of their own for second place. The Medicine and Science grouping, Roth claimed first place, with Alport bringing home second. For the broad category of Engineering, Chemistry, Microbiology, or Environmental Science, Carroll took first place, as Routhier earned a second place ranking. Josiah Law was named as the first place finisher for the Williams Soil and Water Conservation District Natural Resource Project. All first place recipients were awarded fifteen dollars, while second place finishers were given ten.
The project held in highest regard on the day, however, belonged to Jermeay and Yates. The duo, with their experiment entitled Computer vs Paper Testing, were given the Sumner Award. This accolade is the highest honor to be bestowed at the school’s science fair, and netted both students twenty dollars each.
Not to be left out, the Junior High students of Hilltop had a pretty strong science fair as well. Eleven students at that level paved their way to Regional Competition.
There were six among the junior high ranks to be handed a Superior rating, including Adley McNeal, Christopher Rhoades, Kendall Roth, Nash Kuney, Christian McKinney, and Brianna Bell. Another five students earned High Excellents. They were Justin Lesniak, Zoi Bauer, Morgyn Siegel, Madisyn Underwood, and Skyler Butterfield.
Underwood was the first place recipient in the Consumer Science or Chemistry grouping. For Behavioral Sciences, Kuney and Rhoades tied for first, while McKinney, Bauer, and Siegel were deadlocked for second. The Physics, Engineering category was won by McNeal, with Lesniak serving as runner up. In the diverse Microbiology, Earth Sciences, Chemistry, or Animal Science pairing, Roth was awarded first place. Like their high school counterparts, each first place winner took home fifteen dollars, and second place finishers earned ten.
Butterfield was given the Outstanding Presentation Award. This commendation came with a ten dollar prize as well.
But it was Bell who dazzled the most at the judging. Her project, The Effects of Acids on Seashells and Why it Matters to You, netted Bell the Sumner Award at the junior high level. For this achievement, she earned $25.
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