Twenty-two LCPS elementary and middle school students will take their science fair projects to regional competition next month after judges chose them from a record number of entries at the district event Thursday.
The 2018 LCPS Science Fair drew 116 projects created by 77 elementary students and 39 middle school students from all 12 eligible schools – all numbers that exceeded past participation marks, according to event organizer Mary Riddick, a science teacher at Contentnea-Savannah K-8 School.
Regional competition will be held Feb. 17 at East Carolina University. Winners at the regional level advance to state competition in Raleigh.
Elementary students selected as regional qualifiers are the team of Emmerson Creech and Gracyn Murphy, Banks Elementary; Carly Hill, Pink Hill Elementary; Lexy Rouse, Pink Hill Elementary; Zachary Yarus, Contentnea-Savannah K-8; Coleman Taylor, Pink Hill Elementary; Susannah Swindell, Banks Elementary; Riley Hoover, Southwood Elementary; Mason Sasser, Banks Elementary; Brendan Gray, Pink Hill Elementary; and Braden Barnett, Moss Hill Elementary.
Regional qualifiers from LCPS middle schools are: Abigal Hull, Frink Middle; Everett Rouse, Frink Middle; Austin Williams, Frink Middle; Jackson Jenkins, Contentnea-Savannah K-8; the team of Nathan Carlyle and David Phillippe, Woodington Middle; Penelope Rouse, Woodington Middle; Claire Hollingsworth, Frink Middle; Turner White, Woodington Middle; Amedith Stroud, Woodington Middle and Leah Sugg, Woodington Middle.
For both the elementary and middle school divisions, judges presented ribbons in five categories – biology, earth/environmental, engineering, chemistry and physical science.
Elementary division winners were:
Biology – Lexy Rouse, first; Susannah Swindell, second; and Sean Conner, third.
Earth/Environmental – Mason Sasser, first (tie); Mallory Herring, first; Lakyn Whitley, second; and Kimberly Bu, third.
Engineering – Riley Hoover, fist; Fisher Hartsell, second (tie); Kinsleigh Sutton, second (tie); Hayden Tyndall, third (tie); and Naylan Ramirez, third (tie).
Chemistry – Gracyn Murphy and Emmerson Creech, first (team); Chloe Dail, second; Jacob Howard, third (tie); and Sage Jones, third (tie).
Physical Science – Coleman Taylor, first; Brendan Gray, second; Zachary Yarus, third (tie); Carly Hill, third (tie) and Braden Barnett, third (tie).
Middle school division winners were:
Biology – Abigail Hull, first; Mary Anna Respess, second; and Samantha Peyton and Nolan Elmore, third (team).
Earth/Environmental – Everett Rouse, first, and Abbigail Penny, second.
Engineering – Austin Williams, first.
Chemistry – Claire Hollingsworth, first; Penelope Rouse, second (tie); Jackson Jenkins, second (tie) and Nathan Carlyle and David Phillippe, third (team).
Physical Science – Turner White, first; Amedith Stroud, second; and Leah Sugg, third.
Photo albums from this year’s science fair are posted on the district’s Facebook page.