On March 19, Wilmington College hosted the state of Ohio District 17 Science Day. This was Wilmington’s 11th year of hosting this prestigious event. Participants included 27 high school, middle school, and elementary students from Highland and Brown counties who had received superiors at their local science fairs in order to qualify for the District Science Day. The students converged on Wilmington College where they presented their research projects.
Dr. Russell Kincaid, the Science Day coordinator, was pleased with the quality of the projects.
“We had a smaller group of students this year than in recent years, but the quality was extremely high. Over half of the participants here qualified for the State Science Day in May,” Kincaid said.”I am always impressed at the projects that our students take on. The dedication of the teachers and parents, as well as the efforts of the students in performing the research, is admirable. We had 14 projects that received superior ratings, and as a result they have qualified for the state competition in May. Our students always do well at State Science Day, and I look forward to seeing how many superiors we receive at state this year. In addition, three of our high school students qualified for the Buckeye Science and Engineering Fair in April.”
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, Georgetown High School, Hillsboro High School, Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington Middle School, Sardinia Elementary School, Hamersville Elementary School, Fayetteville-Perry Middle School, Lynchburg-Clay High School, and St. Michael’s School in Ripley.
From Highland County, Fairfield Middle School sent five teams to Wilmington College for the event: Paige Teeters and Mikayla Griffith, Ryland Donley and Alex Greene, Ciara Colwell and Madison McCollum, Saylor Priest and Ailean Duffie, and Abigail Davis and Mia Keeton. Of these students, the teams of Priest/Duffie, Donley/Greene, and Davis/Keeton all qualified for the state competition. In addition, the team of Priest and Duffie won the first place prize from the Southwest Ohio Water Environment Association.
Lynchburg-Clay’s Hunter Ellis represented his school well, qualifying for both the State Science Day competition and the Buckeye Science and Engineering Fair.
Hillsboro’s Owen Young also qualified for State Science Day and the Buckeye Science and Engineering Fair, and in addition won the second place prize from the Southwest Ohio Water Environment Association.
Numerous judges, including Wilmington College faculty, students, and members of the community, 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.