WEST ALEXANDRIA – Some of the county’s finest science students took part in the annual Preble County Science Fair in late January.
This year there were 16 projects which represented three school districts. Host Twin Valley South had seven projects as did Tri-County North. Preble Shawnee had the other two entries.
There were no projects from students in the Eaton and National Trail school districts.
This year’s event was held at Twin Valley on Saturday, Jan. 30.
The following students participated and received “Superior” ratings: Lillian Davis and Abigail Smeltzer — Tri-County North; Chase Denlinger, Nathan Osborn, Rylie Gearhart, Hayden Howard, and Erin Tebbe — Twin Valley South.
The following students participated and received an “Excellent” rating: Chyeanne Epperson and Sage Wallace — Preble Shawnee; Ella Stone, Kaimee Knisley, Ashley Jean, Hannah Lilly, and Cecelia Owens — Tri-County North.
Receiving trophies for this year: Chyeanne Epperson, Preble Shawnee; Lillian Davis, Tri-County North; Chase Denlinger and Nathan Osborn (team,) Twin Valley South; Erin Tebbe, Twin Valley South and Emma Fergus, Twin Valley South.
“We can only as parents, only as teachers continue to encourage,” Preble County Educational Service Center’s Daryl Michael said. “With so many things in life, just like your science fair projects, you don’t know how it’s going to turn out until you try it. Don’t put any limitations upon yourself.”
In the past, far more than 16 projects were brought to the annual event.
“There has been a steady progression over time of decreased entries,” Michael said. “There is probably less of a focus on this in our schools than in the past. I think creating new awareness that this opportunity exists for some people needs to be done, too. In the old days at National Trail that gym was filled. We would have 120 or 130 projects. We need to encourage science teachers to make this something that they find time for in the buildings.”
Other reasons for the lack of numbers could include students’ involvement in other activities, according to Michael.
Organizers offered a special “thank you” to judges from Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Henny Penny, Sinclair Community College, Dow Chemical, Lewisburg Container, Community Volunteers, Indiana University East, Silfex, and LegalShield.
“We also want to thank participating science teachers and Preble County ESC staff,” organizers noted.
The event was coordinated by Cathy Ackerman from the Twin Valley Community School Science Department and the Preble County Educational Service Center. The event was sponsored by the Preble County Educational Service Center Governing Board.
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