Wilmington College and Southern State Community College recently co-hosted the state of Ohio’s District 17 Science Day at Southern State’s campus in Hillsboro.
This marked the 12th year of Wilmington’s involvement with this prestigious event and the first year that it took place at Southern State. Participants included 47 high school, middle school, and elementary students primarily from Highland, Adams, and Brown counties, who had received superior ratings at their local science fairs in order to qualify for the District Science Day.
Dr. Russell Kincaid, the Science Day coordinator, was pleased with the number and quality of the projects and was optimistic regarding participation in the future.
“We relocated the event this year in an effort to be closer to the bulk of our participants. For years, our strongest attendance has come from Brown County, and moving the location to Hillsboro was a natural move to accommodate those students. There have been some changes within other districts in the state, which will likely result in some redistricting. Moving our venue to Southern State will enable our site to be more central in the district, and also be closer to other counties that might become part of District 17 when the district lines are redrawn.”
Twenty students from the event qualified for State Science Day by receiving superior ratings. In addition, four students qualified for the Buckeye Science & Engineering Fair. The students presented research on projects which covered a wide range of topics including agriculture, biotechnology, energy, environmental sciences, information science and technology, botany, and material science, among others.
Students represented nine schools within Ohio’s 17th District including: Fairfield Middle School and high school, Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington (RULH) Middle School, Hamersville Elementary School, Fayetteville-Perry Elementary School and Middle School, Lynchburg-Clay Middle School and High School, and St. Michael’s School in Ripley. In addition, students from Manchester High School and Middle School in Adams County attended this District Science Day, after the District 14 Science Day was moved to Rio Grande.
From Highland County, Fairfield Middle School sent three teams and two individuals to Southern State for the event: Cody Ayers and Hanna Deckard, Cohen Frost and Blake Haines, Hunter McIntosh and Jacob Cox participated as teams, while Connor Priest and Zane Taylor had individual projects. Connor qualified for state and was designated as an Ohio Tuition Trust Authority (ATTA) scholarship alternate. Saylor Priest, from Fairfield High School, qualified for the state competition and the BSEF (Buckeye Science and Engineering Fair) competition. Lynchburg-Clay High School had six students competing including Leah Bauer, Nicholas Bennington, Faith Carpenter, Kurt Hamilton, Kaylee Lunsford and Triston West. Bennington qualified for the BSEF competition, while Carpenter and Hamilton qualified for BSEF as well as State Science Day. Sydney Hamilton, from Lynchburg-Clay Middle School, also qualified for the state competition.
Numerous judges, including Southern State faculty, Wilmington College and Southern State students, and members of the community, graciously gave of their time to make this event possible. The time and efforts of all these individuals, as well as the students, teachers, and parents, made this event a success.
Submitted by Russell Kincaid, Wilmington College.