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March 14, 2017

11 county students advance to state science fair

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First place winner Heather Wotton, who qualified for the international competition in Los Angeles, with Fauquier County Public Schools Science Supervisor Pam Pulver and Superintendent David Jeck.
Twenty-one Fauquier public and private high school students exhibited projects at the senior division of the Regional Science and Engineering Fair Saturday, March 11.

The high school students competed for $1,200 in cash prizes. Ninth- through 12th-graders won competitions in their schools to qualify for the countywide science fair in the Fauquier High School cafeteria.

Judges critiqued projects on topics ranging from health to environmental sciences, physics, engineering, math, animals and plants.

Four prizes went to students in the senior division.

Senior division (grades 9-12), top projects:

• First place, $500, Heather Wotton, junior, Mountain Vista Governor’s School, “The Effect of the Removal of Mass on the Calculated Efficiency of Structural Beams.”

• Second place, $350, Kameron Mize, senior, Mountain Vista Governor’s School, “Efficacy of Artificial Neural Networks in Detecting Network Threats Through Heuristic Analysis.”

• Third place, $200, Bailey Wilson, junior, Mountain Vista Governor’s School, “Analysis of Self-Promotion on Instagram.”

• Honorable mention, $150, Clay Shafer, junior, Fauquier High School, “Effect of Distraction on Driver Reaction Time.”

Eleven students will advance to compete in the State Science & Engineering Fair in Lexington on March 24-25:

• Molly Cesanek

• Conner Culbertson

• Caroline Duckworth

• Caragh Heverly

• Clay Shafer

• Ellyse Sutliff

• Kameron Mize

• Kimberly McAninch

• Zita Ribeiro

• Bailey Wilson

• Heather Wotton

As the first place winner, Heather also will travel to Los Angeles in May to compete in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair.

The Fauquier County junior division science and engineering fair for sixth- through eighth-grade students will take place Saturday, April 29.

Fauquier County Regional Science Fair Winner List 2017 by Fauquier Now on Scribd

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Jim Griffin · March 14, 2017 at 2:56 pm
Every student involved should know we are very proud of you for your fine achievements, which appear from the titles of the works listed to be very interesting. Well done!
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