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DCSS Students Shine at the County Science and Engineering Fair

 Isabella Naile from CHMS won Best in Show for middle school.
Isabella Naile from CHMS won Best in Show for middle school.
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Ninety-three students in the Douglas County School System competed in the county-wide Middle and High School Science and Engineering Fair on January 16. With intriguing names including “Snap Crackle Pop Bridge Building” and “Inducing Jasmonic Acid Production in Potato Plants,” the projects covered a wide range of topics. As part of the competition, students displayed their projects and were interviewed by judges at the Murray Educational Center.

“It is so rewarding to see our DCSS students apply their creativity and critical thinking skills to solve an engineering problem or answer a scientific question in an area that piques their interest,” said Pam Walker, Lead School Improvement Specialist for Science. “One of my favorite parts of the science and engineering fair is listening to students eagerly explaining to the judges what they learned and how it applies to the real world.”

Awards were presented at a ceremony on Monday, January 22. The coveted Best in Show award for middle school went to Isabella Naile, 7th grader at Chapel Hill Middle School, for her project “Photocatalytic Water: Treatment for Developing Countries.” Isabella’s supervising teacher is Cheronda Minnis-Arnold.

Best in Show for high school went to Ayesha Saeed, 10th grader at Douglas County High School. Ayesha’s project was titled “Discovering the Effects of Oxidation on Antioxidants in Tea through Colorimetry.” Her supervising teacher is Andrew Adams.

Sponsors of the Science and Engineering Fair provided medals and gifts for the winners along with other financial support. Sponsors included Google, Baxley Jewelers, Gordon Food Service, Hightower Family Funeral Homes, TradeFive, and West Georgia Technical College. In addition, Google Data Centers awarded the Douglas County School System $9,265 through the Tides Foundation to help support next year’s Science and Engineering Fair with a special focus on guiding students through the process of preparing more technology and computer science related projects.

Students who placed first or second in the Science and Engineering Fair will advance to the region competition at the University of West Georgia on February 9, 2018. Region winners will advance to the state competition in Athens, GA, in March.

Middle school students who placed first are: Kennedy Rogers, Modesty Pernett, Ella Stinchcomb, Emma Armstrong, Isabella Naile, and Maria Grishkovets from Chapel Hill Middle School; Brooke Walker from Fairplay Middle School; Meagan Greene, Christopher Manchiraju, Abigail Arnold, and Kendyl Jones from Mason Creek Middle School; and Lindsey Robles from Yeager Middle School.

Middle school students who placed second are: Andrea Torres-Wilcken, Kyle VanderWeit, David Gorzynski, and Jared Williams from Chapel Hill Middle School; Vasthi Saintil, Jazmine Trowers, and Sobenna Onwumelu from Factory Shoals Middle School; Andrew Manchiraju, Leila Gragg, and Kylee Green from Mason Creek Middle School; Grace Tseng from Chestnut Log Middle School; Charlotte Hunter and Micayah Taye from Turner Middle School; and Eryn Estelle from Fairplay Middle School.

High school students who placed first are: Ayesha Saeed from Douglas County High School; J. Chase Cooper, Afrah Ayim-Darko, Hope Lee, and Jaylin Billings from Lithia Springs High School.

High school students who placed second are: Avery Timmons and Elizabeth Blevins from Alexander High School; John Buterbaugh and Michael Manchiraju from Douglas County High School; and Savannah Reynolds, Nick Gorzynski, D. Alex Bright, Tiffany Numa, and Tyler Numa from Lithia Springs High School.

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