ANNA — The Fourth Annual Shelby County Science Day was held on Thursday, Feb. 1, at Anna Local High School for Shelby County students, grades 5 through 12. Twenty-two students completed science research projects and presented their findings to area professionals, researchers and educators.
This event offered students a venue that promotes the development of creative thinking, research and writing skills, and career motivation toward the sciences, all in one program. Project topics may be in biology, chemistry, botany, space and earth sciences, computers, zoology, microbiology, biochemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics, medicine and health, and behavioral and social science.
Eleven students from Anna Local High School received the highest rating of “superior.” These students were Carly Becker, Dominic Bolin, Logan Cathcart, Rebekah Emerson, Jane Homans, Noah Rioch, Jada Rowland, Rachel Shoemaker, Kadyn Smith, Jake Kovacs and Jacob Osborne.
These students are eligible to compete at the Upper Miami Valley District Science Day held at Edison State Community College on March 10. Students receiving a superior rating at the district competition may go on to the state contest held at The Ohio State University in May.
Event sponsors donated awards and gift certificates in an amount totaling $1,700. New “Title Sponsor” was Emerson, Sidney. Additional sponsors included Cargill, Premier Health, Dayton Society of Natural History and Anna Local High School. Area professionals and community members volunteered to judge the projects, aided by area science teachers.
Anna High School student Rachel Shoemaker was awarded the grand prize of $200. Kadyn Smith was second and Carly Becker was third, each being awarded $100.
The Emerson Topic Category Awards included Behavioral and Social Sciences first place ($100) to Rachel Shoemaker and second place ($50) to Ashleigh Jurosic, Sierra Williams, Selena York; Medicine and Health first place ($100) to Carly Becker and second place ($50) to Jada Rowland; Microbiology first place ($100) to Kadyn Smith and second place ($50) to Rebekah Emerson; Engineering and Robotics first place ($100) to Jacob Osborne and second place ($50) to Nicholas Nowlin; Material Science and Physics first place ($100) Jake Kovacs and second place ($50) to Zachary White; and the Cargill Award in Plant Science ($50) to Ally Bertke.
The Cargill Award for Best Presentation of Data ($100) went to Rachel Shoemaker and the Cargill Award for Best Abstract ($100) went to Abigail Gaydosh. Alex Bertke won the drawing for a one-year Family Membership to the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Dayton, a $115 value.
The students, their teachers, and Anna Local High School all wish to thank the sponsors and volunteers for making the 2018 Shelby County Science Day a successful event. The coordinator at Anna High School is Vicki Quinter. Anyone with questions about the science fair program may contact Dr. Martin E. English at 937-667-3217, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.