Anna students rate superior in Shelby County science fair

Staff report

ANNA — Shelby County Science Day for Shelby County students in grades 5-12 was at Anna Local High School, Feb. 2. grades 5-12.

Twenty-three students, all of them at Anna schools, 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 were accepted in biology, chemistry, botany, space and earth sciences, computers, zoology, microbiology, biochemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics, medicine and health and behavioral and social science.

Thirteen students received the highest rating of “superior”: Brad Axe, Aaron Brautigan, Elizabeth Bremke, Kyle Christman, Anthony Edelmann, Briana Fanaff, Courtney Hollenbacher, Lucas Huber, Logan Konst, Catie Millhouse, Nathan Osborne, and a team project by Ally Cisco and Jane Homans. These students are eligible to compete at the Upper Miami Valley District Science Day at Edison State Community College, March 11. Students receiving a superior at district may go on to the state contest at the Ohio State University in May.

Event sponsors donated awards and gift certificates totaling $650. 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.

Nathan Osborne was awarded the grand prize of $100. Ally Cisco and Jane Homans were second, and Lucas Huber was third, each project awarded $50. Osborne was also awarded $50 for Best Engineering or Physics Project and Ally Cisco and Jane Homans received $50 for Best NonEngineering or Physics Project. The award for Best Presentation of Data, $50, went to Aaron Brautigan, and the award for Best Abstract, $50, went to Brianna Fanaff; Kirsten Brunswick won the drawing for a one-year family membership to the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton.

For information about the science fair program call 937-667-3217 or email:

Staff report