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Students excel at district science fair

RIO GRANDE — Several students from Lawrence County earned honors in the 2019 Southern Ohio District 14 Science Day on March 23.

The event took place at the University of Rio Grande with students from Gallia, Lawrence, Pike and Scioto counties.

According to Julie Walters, student services coordinator with the Lawrence County Educational Services Center, several school districts from Lawrence County had winners.

“That’s a good showing,” she said. “And a lot of these awards have monetary association with them. There’s a lot of benefit for the students.”

From Chesapeake Middle School, Dawson Forbush won first place in the American Chemical Society – Central Ohio Valley Section Award, as well as alternate for the OTTA CollegeAdvantage 529 Savings Plan Award. He will also be a qualifier for State Science Day, which takes place May 11 at the Ohio Academy of Science in Dublin.

Cecilia Haldeman was alternate for the OTTA CollegeAdvantage 529 Savings Plan Award and Leah Shields won the Emerging Scientist Award in Behavioral and Social Sciences. Both Haldeman and Shields qualify for State Science Day.

From Dawson-Bryant Middle School, Avril Klaiber  won the OTTA CollegeAdvantage 529 Savings Plan Award and qualifies for State Science Day, while Sarah Vanover also qualifies for State Science Day.

From Fairland High School, Isabella Burcham and Kylie Hayes are qualifiers for the Buckeye Science & Engineering Fair. Both, along with Maddie Miller, Elizabeth Swolsky, Zoie Weinsweig and Anthony Zhu, qualify for State Science Day.

At Fairland Middle School, Kathryn Bell won second place in the American Chemical Society – Central Ohio Valley Section Award, as well as a BWISER Science Camp Scholarship and qualifies for State Science Day, while Kyleigh Craft won the Emerging Scientist Award in Chemistry and Materials Science.

From Ironton Middle School, Ben Sloan won the Emerging Scholar Award and is a State Science Day qualifier.

From Rock Hill High School, Elijah Baker qualified for State Science Day, while Kelsey Olderham and Gavin Meadows won the Emerging Scientist Award in Medicine and Health Sciences. Hannah Ratliff won the Emerging Scientist Award in Earth and Biological Sciences, while Brooklyn Scythes won the Emerging Scientist Award in Physics.

From St. Joseph Central High School, Paul Delaney and Dominic Pauley qualified for State Science Day, while Jared Johnson won the Emerging Scientist Award in Physics.

And from St. Lawrence Elementary School, Gavin Simpson won the OTTA CollegeAdvantage 529 Savings Plan Award and, along with Addison Murray and Samuel Walker, qualified for State Science Day.

Walters said any student who earned a “Superior” rating at their local school fair is eligible to compete in the district fair.

In total, 34 projects at the district fair qualified for State Science Day, while five projects qualified for the Buckeye Science & Engineering Fair, which will take place April 6 at the Ohio Academy of Science.