2013 Science Fair results in; BW has 32 Superiors
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
The 2013 Big Walnut Science Fair, held last Thursday evening at Big Walnut High School, is one of the few school district science fairs in the state that has been held continuously for the past 50-plus years; and this year’s science fair, an event that involves students from fifth grade through high school, showcased 115 projects, individual and group.
Fifty-four volunteer judges from all over Central Ohio, representing many Ohio institutions including The Ohio State University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Battelle Institute, PPG and McGraw-Hill to name just a few, judged the projects.
After enjoying a delicious Antonio’s Pizza Italian dinner and Valentine-themed desserts baked and donated by Big Walnut Middle School PTO moms, the judging teams spent 90 minutes on the floor interviewing student scientists about their research, what they learned, where their ideas came from, what their conclusions were.
When the results were in, Big Walnut students had 32 eligible Superior rated projects that will be invited to proceed onto the next level of competition at Central District Science Day at Columbus State Community College on Saturday, March 16.
Students from Big Walnut’s intermediate, middle and high schools submitted superior rated projects. Superiors were earned by: Karley Becker, Faith Myers, Kyle Davis, Ekaterina Brammer, Joshua Johnson, Eli Kirkendall, Elisabeth Ansel, Jenna Hard, Caroline Craig-Bowden, Madison Alshire, Emily Kuederle, Asher Zakrajsek, Nick Spangenberg, Mitchell Truax, CJ Rockwell, Cody Carius, Jesse Rines, Bailey Bodker, Jillian Salmon, Austin Duckworth, Serena Small, Alex Brehm, Julia Pallone, Brooks McClintock, Sophia Holderby, Hannah Ackley, Audrey Rice, Mary Gray, Ethan Tope, Hannah Pinkston, Kaitlin Meade and Brian Whitesel.
“The important role these science fairs play for students not only includes experiencing hands-on science, but also provides an opportunity for them to receive awards, certificates, plaques, cash, and even college scholarships,” said Big Walnut High School science teacher Matt Wallschlaeger. “And students who do participate find that the science fair experience provides opportunities that can improve their educational and occupational futures.”
Professionals interested in judging at the Central District Science Day may do so by contacting Big Walnut Science Fair Co-Directors Linda Martin < firstname.lastname@example.org > or Matt Wallschlaeger < email@example.com >.