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April 30, 2018

10 middle school students earn prizes at science fair

Photo/Bethany Mizelle.
Middle schoolers top 10 award winners. Back row: Marjorie Davenport, Abigail Pearson, David Light, Ignacio Godoy, Kendall Schlueter and Alexis Conlin. Front row: Nathaniel Ribeiro, Sophia Peterson, Jefferson Uzzle and Andrew Brown.
Ten middle school students took top honors and cash prizes at the fifth annual junior division of the Fauquier Regional Science & Engineering Fair.

The junior science fair took place Saturday, March 17 at Fauquier High School.

About 70 students in sixth through eighth grade came from Fauquier County Public Schools and two private schools, Wakefield and Highland.

Each school selected up to 12 projects from their school fairs to advance to the regional fair.

The junior division top 10 award winners each received a $100 cash prize and are eligible to compete in the Broadcom Master’s, a national science, technology, engineering, and math online competition for middle schoolers in June.

The 10 top winners included:

• Andrew Brown, Marshall Middle School 6th grader, “The Effect of Wind on Paper Airplanes.”

• Alexis Conlin, Highland School 8th grader, “Effect Shape Has on Structural Strength.”

• Marjorie Davenport – Marshall Middle School 7th grader, “Solar Energy.”

• Ignacio Godoy – Marshall Middle School 8th grader, “With Overlay or Without?”

• David Light, Highland School 8th grader, “Ultra Downy, Ultra Flammable?”

• Abagail Pearson, Cedar Lee Middle School 7th grader, “Environmentally Aware Land-Use Development and Urban Flooding.”

• Sophia Peterson, Auburn Middle School 6th grader, “What is the Healthiest Alternative for Sugar that Tastes Good and Works Well?”

• Nathaniel Riberio, Warrenton Middle School 8th grader, “The Iron Chef: The Essential Cooking Accessory for Every Home and Kitchen”

• Kendall Schlueter, Auburn Middle School 8th grader, “Solar Energy From Berries- The Effect of Different Juices on Dye- Sensitive Solar Cells.”

• Jefferson Uzzle, Marshall Middle School 7th grader, “How Dirty is Your House.”

In addition to the top prize awards, five special awards were presented:

• Association for Women Geoscientists Award — Abigail Pearson, Cedar Lee Middle School 7th grader, “Environmentally Aware Land-Use Development and Urban Flooding.”

• U.S. Air Force Award — Nathaniel Ribeiro, Warrenton Middle School 8th grader, “The Iron Chef: The Essential Cooking Accessory for Every Home and Kitchen” and Alexis Conlin, Highland School 8th grader, “Effect Shape Has on Structural Strength.”

• U.S. Metric Association Award — Nathaniel Ribeiro, Warrenton Middle School 8th grader, “The Iron Chef: The Essential Cooking Accessory for Every Home and Kitchen.”

• U. S. Office of Naval Research Awards — Alexis Conlin, Highland School 8th grader, “Effect Shape Has on Structural Strength”; Kendall Schlueter, Auburn Middle School 8th grader, “Solar Energy From Berries — The effect of Different Juices on Dye-Sensitive Solar Cells,” and Nicholas Ruddle, Highland School 8th grader, “What's The Best Insulation.”

• Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association Award – Cecelia Wise, Auburn Middle School 7th grader, “Did the Soil Run Away with the Water: Causes and Prevention of Soil Erosion.”

Biology teacher Chandra Wilkemeyer organized the science fair.

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