COLUMBUS — Seventy-seven students from 18 local school districts recently competed successfully at the Ohio Academy of Science State Science Day at the Ohio State University in Columbus.
Approximately 1,200 students from across the state participated in the all-day event with a total of $1 million distributed as scholarships and awards. Students exhibited projects in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, which they worked on from last September through February of this year.
Local students receiving superior ratings were from Nathan Osborne, Lucas Huber, Kyle Christman, Jane Homans, Ally Cisco, Bradley Axe and Briana Fanaff, of Anna High School; Emma Westerheide, of Holy Angels Catholic School; Abigail Jones, Megan Neumeier, Angela Brunner, Ann Deafenbaugh, Hailey Wick, William Hoersten, Melanie Brunner and Lyndsey Jones, of Lehman Catholic High School; and Ben Davis and Alec Barga, of Versailles High School.
Axe was awarded Outstanding Project in Botany, Environmental Sciences, and Zoology and received the Stone Lab Scholarship for a one-week summer course at the OSU Stone Laboratory at Lake Erie; Jones received the HM Geological Society Geological Award of $50, the HM Governor’s Award of $100 for Excellence in Environmental Protection, and the second place Ohio Soil & Water Conservation Districts Award of $100; Davis received the $200 first place NOKIA Applied Science, Technology & Innovation Award.
In only its third year participating in the Science Day program, Anna High School students secured a coveted Harold C. Shaw Outstanding School Award Trophy. This award is difficult to achieve, requiring a high percentage of superior projects at State Science Day.
Upper Miami Valley Science Days provides the opportunity for students in grades 5-12, in Champaign, Darke, Miami and Shelby counties, to complete and present original scientific research. This program is organized and supported by many area schools, teachers, parents, Edison Community College, Urbana University and a number of businesses, professionals, community organizations, and other interested individuals.
For information, visit www.ohioumvsd.com.