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Chatham honors winners in Science Fair awards ceremony

Posted Saturday, February 24, 2007

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Siler City, NC - Chatham County Schools sponsored its annual Science Fair on Wednesday, February 7, and Thursday, February 8. The events culminated in an awards ceremony held in the Jordan-Matthews High School auditorium on Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m.

The award divisions were divided by age group, kindergarten through second grade; third through fifth grade; sixth through eighth grade; and ninth through twelfth grade; exceptional children; and overall winner. The middle and high school divisions were sub-divided by areas of science, applied/technological, earth, physical, biological. The divisions also included awards for individual and group projects.

 

Students from elementary grades through high school across the county created science projects that were initially judged at their schools. Individual school science project winners and their families attended the ceremony that recognized county level winners. The students had talked with judges about their projects on Thursday morning in the Jordan-Matthews media center. The projects were on display prior to the evening ceremony.

Norma Boone, Principal of Jordan-Matthews High School, welcomed everyone and led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. David Moody, Director of Secondary Education, announced the award winners. Dr. Ann Hart, Superintendent, presented plaques and ribbons to the winners and honorable mentions.

First place winners advance to the regional science fair competition that will be held at SciWorks in Winston-Salem on February 28. The Region 5 competition will feature student science projects from Stokes, Forsyth, Davidson, Rockingham, Guilford, Randolph, Caswell, Person, Orange, Alamance, and Chatham counties.

Seventeen volunteers judged the 2007 county level projects. They were from area educational institutions, businesses, and governmental agencies that have ties to science. The judges commented on the quality of the science projects and the increased number of submitted projects, particularly at the high school level.

The student award sponsors were Honeywell, Inc. and 3M. The county science fair coordinator was Donna Melpolder, Science Curriculum Resource Teacher. Each school had a staff chairperson as well. Rose Pate and Vickie Raymond, both of whom are faculty members at Jordan-Matthews, helped in the Jordan-Matthews site coordination.

2007 Chatham County Science Fair Winners
All projects winners were announced according to their divisions. Each project that won first place received a plaque and $50. First place projects in grades three through twelve will proceed to the Regional Science Fair.

Exceptional Children’s Division
The following students have won recognition in the Exceptional Children’s Group Division:
1st place: Soak It Up, Mrs. Smith’s Class at Siler City Elementary School

Division K-2
The following are winners in the K-2 Group Division
Honorable Mention: “We Are Full Of Hot Air”, Ms. Dowling’s Dinosaur’s, North Chatham School
“Crystals”, Ms Lich’s Class, Siler City Elementary School
3rd place: “Lights Out”, Mrs. Clark’s Class, Siler City Elementary School
2nd place: “Do Dog Whistles Really Make Noise?”, Mrs. Coleman’s Class, Perry Harrison School
1st place: “Which Color of M & M’s Melt the Fastest?”, Miss Holt’s Class, Siler City Elementary School

The following students have won recognition in the K-2 Division for Individual Projects:
Honorable Mention: “How Much Salt Does It Take to Float an Egg?”, Abby Lewis, Ms, Testa’s Class, Silk Hope School
“How Sweet it is to Be Chewed by You”, Savannah Little, Mrs. Bright’s Class, J.S. Waters School
“What’s so Special About Duck Feet?”, Sarah Yunker, Mrs. Poston’s Class, North Chatham School
3rd place: “What is the Best Launch Angle for an Arrow?”, Justin Bright, Mrs. Gaudette’s Class, Pittsboro Elementary School
2nd place: “Catapult”, Jordan Silveira, Mrs. Straughn’s Class, Pittsboro Elementary School
1st place: “Who Has Dirtier Hands, Boys or Girls?”, Riley Wolfgang, Mrs. Mitchell’s Class, Perry Harrison School
The overall winner for the K-2 Division is: “Who Has Dirtier Hands, Boys or Girls?”, Riley Wolfgang, Mrs. Mitchell’s Class, Perry Harrison School

Division 3-5
The following students have won recognition in Division 3-5
Group Category are:
Honorable Mention: “Drop Zone”, Anthony Leonzo, Jose-Ramon Sanchez, Arturo Montes, Ms. Lasater’s Class, Siler City Elementary School
“What will Make Your Grass Grow?”, Alyssa Roberts & Kelsey Daniel, Ms. Little’s Class, J.S. Waters School
3rd place: “Does Toothpaste Really Work?”, Nolan Brown & Richard Broedell, Mrs. Johnston’s Class, North Chatham School
2nd place: “Is the Weatherman Ever Right?”, Jessica Puckett & Zackery Puckett, Ms. Collura & Ms. Totten’s Class, North Chatham School
1st place: “Which “WOOD” be the Hardest?”, Katie Young & Tiffany Trotter, Ms. Little’s Class, J.S. Waters School

The following students have won recognition in the 3-5
Individual Category:
Honorable Mention: “Mmmm… M & M’s – Which Melts First?”, Jay Dunn, Mrs. Hargrove’s Class, Silk Hope School
“Peanut Power”, Andrew Jurden, Ms. Little’s Class, J.S. Waters School
“Which Disinfectant will be the Most Effective in Killing Bacteria?”, Cassie Meyer, Ms. Landis’s Class, North Chatham School
“What Type of Soil Do Plants Grow Faster In?”, Brittany Matsinger, Ms. Landis’s Class, North Chatham School
3rd place: “Where Should You Store Your Popcorn?”, Anna Dixon, Mrs. Pollok’s Class, Bonlee School
2nd place: “How Much Water is in Your Orange?”, Leann Thurman, Mrs. Pollok’s Class, Bonlee School
1st place: “Can You Get Bigger Eggs for Peanuts?”, Hannah Holloway, Ms. Currin’s Class, Pittsboro Elementary School
The overall winner for the 3-5 Division is: “Which “WOOD” be the Hardest?”, Katie Young & Tiffany Trotter, Ms. Little’s Class, J.S. Waters School

Division 6-8
In Division 6-8, students competed in one of the following 4 categories: Earth Science, Physical Science, Biological Science, and Applied / Technical Science.
Division 6-8 Applied / Technical Science winners are:
3rd place: “How is My Driving? The Effects of Temperature on a Golf Ball”, Jordan McClamroch, Mr. Vernon’s Class, North Chatham School
2nd place: “Which Battery Last Longer?”, Cody Jefferey, Mrs. Gardner’s Class, Silk Hope School
1st place: “Liar Liar Pants on Fire”, Julia Rao & Becka Brown, Mr. Goldman’s Class, North Chatham School

Division 6-8 Earth Science Winners are:
Honorable Mention: “Leaching Soil”, Kendrick Edwards, Mr. Barnwell’s Class, Horton Middle School
3rd place: “Soils Across the U.S.”, Adam Lowe & Ross Cooper, Ms. Callicutt’s Class, Horton Middle School
2nd place: “Is Your Water Pure? Don’t Be So Sure…”, Hanna Batten, Mrs. Perry’s Class, Bennett School
1st place: “Environmental Benefits of Green Roofs”, Alec Tidwell, Mr. Hall’s Class, Perry Harrison School

Division 6-8 Physical Science Winners are:
3rd place: “Bottle Rocket”, Ben Hobbs & Weston Greene, Ms. Dennis’ Class, Moncure School
2nd place: “Corroding Steel to Rust to Measure Oxygen Gas”, Michaela Johnson, Ms. Callicutt’s Class, Horton Middle School
1st place: “Colors and Heat Reactions”, Alyssa Matthewson, Ms. Kidd’s Class, Bonlee School

Division 6-8 Biological Science Winners are:
Honorable Mention: “Smelly Feelings”, Allison Stokely & Haylee Coleman, Mr. Vernon’s Class, North Chatham School
“Which Foods Produce the Most Gas?”, Maggie Denny & Megan Sulvester, Mr. Goldman’s Class, North Chatham School
3rd place: “Do Plants Use All of the Color of Sunlight to Make Chlorophyll?”, Alex Vanhoy, Mr. Barnwell’s Class, Horton Middle School
2nd place: “Gas-Eating Plants-Greenhouse Gas Effect on Plant Growth”, Bryan Campbell, Mr. Vernon’s Class, North Chatham School
1st place: “Paint vs. Algae”, Austin Matthews, Mr. Barnwell’s Class, Horton Middle School
The overall winner for the 6-8 Division is a tie:
“Liar Liar Pants on Fire”, Julia Rao & Becka Brown, Mr. Goldman’s Class, North Chatham School
and
“Environmental Benefits of Green Roofs”, Alec Tidwell, Mr. Hall’s Class, Perry Harrison School

Division 9-12
In Division 9-12, students competed in one of following 4 categories: Earth Science, Physical Science, Biological Science.
Division 9-12 Earth Science Winners are:
2nd place: “Jump Start Your Garden”, Haley Seaton, Mr. Cox’s Class, Jordan-Matthews High School
1st place: “Filtration, Filtering Water the Natural Way”, Lauren Caviness, Mr. Newman’s Class, Chatham Central High School

Division 9-12 Physical Science Winners are:
Honorable Mention: “Hover Me Up”, Cory Deaton, Mr. Newman’s Class, Chatham Central High School
“Should I Buy the Cheap Wax or the Expensive Wax?”, Oz Contreras, Mr. Tillett & Ms. DiMichele’s Class, Jordan-Matthews High School
3rd place: “Nitrofill”, Reude Oakley, Mr. Oakley’s Class, Northwood High School
2nd place: “The Physics of a Volleyball”, Nicole King, Dr. Raymond’s Class, Jordan-Matthews High School
1st place: “Concentrate on Conductivity: Testing the Conductivity of Different Concentrations of a Solution”, Brian Grose, Mr.
Oakley’s Class, Northwood High School

Division 9-12 Biological Science Winners are:
Honorable Mention: “Does Camouflage Help an Animal Survive?”, Tiffany Headen, Dr. Raymond’s Class, Jordan-Matthews High School
3rd place: “To Taste or Not To Taste”, Erin Walker, Ms. Randolph’s Class, Northwood High School
2nd place: “Lights, Colors, Cool Beans”, Chelsie Stinson, Mr. Newman’s Class, Chatham Central High School
1st place: “Is Color or Shape Visible First?”, Ellen Crankshaw, Ms. Randolph’s Class, Northwood High School
First place winner will receive $50 and a plaque, and advances to the regional science fair.

Division 9-12 Team Science Winners:
2nd place: “The Effect of UV Light on Yeast”, Douglas Kosiba & Zack McCaw, Ms. Randolph’s Class, Northwood High School
and “Oil Spills”, Rebecca Burwell & Katie Absher, Mr. Cork’s Class, Northwood High School
1st place: “Getting Away with Murder”, Jade Tuttle & Brittany Cordero, Mr. Cork’s Class, Northwood High School
The overall winner for the 9-12 Division is: “Is Color or Shape Visible First?”, Ellen Crankshaw, Ms. Randolph’s Class, Northwood High School

Overall winner of the Chatham County Science Fair
Each year judges select the one project deemed the best overall from all the grade levels and categories. The winner received a plaque and check for $100.
This year’s winner is: “Liar Liar Pants on Fire”, Julia Rao & Becka Brown, Mr. Goldman’s Class, North Chatham School

 
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