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 Vitaliy Semenikhin & His Award Winning Project

Newton High School senior Vitaliy Semenikhin recently won first place honors in the Senior Division at the Georgia Science and Engineer Fair! His project, “Investigating Piezoelectric Properties for Practical Applications,” took home top honors in the Energy and Transportation Division.

According to Semenikhin, the award is the culmination of six months of hard work investigating a topic, creating the experiment and designing it, completing the experiment, working on the results and conclusion, and of course, putting it all together.

Semenikhin is no stranger to the science fair. Just like this year, last school year he also won awards at both the regional and state science fair.

“I’m very passionate about science,” he said. “It provides a lot of answers for me. I find it very interesting. It’s very all inclusive and interests me a lot.”

Semenikhin was not the only Newton County School System student to bring home an award from the State Fair. Emily Cope of Cousins Middle School; Diana Vo of Clements Middle School; and Ava Jane Teasley of Indian Creek Middle School took home fourth place honor ribbons in the competition. Teasley also received the Georgia Veterinary Medical Auxiliary Award for her project. Although Newton County Theme School at Ficquett student Joshua O’Brien didn’t bring home an honor ribbon, his project won the “Tellus Museum’s Outstanding Exhibit Award.”

Below is a complete listing of NCSS students and their awards:









Emily Cope

Cousins Middle School

Physics & Astronomy

4th Place

Potato Gun: Barrel Length & Distance

Ava Jane Teasley

Indian Creek Middle School

Animal Science

4th Place & Georgia Veterinary Medical Auxiliary Award

Preventing a Pain in the Butt!

Diana Vo

Clements Middle School

Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical

4th Place

Leaky Clues to Dam Design

Joshua O’Brien

Newton Theme

Earth & Planetary Science

Tellus Museum’s Outstanding Exhibit Award

Weathering the Storm


Vitaliy Semenikhin

Newton High School

Energy & Transportation


Investigating Piezoelectric Properties for Practical Applications


“We are so proud of our outstanding State Science Fair participants,” said Shannon Buff, Director of Secondary Curriculum for Newton County Schools! “All of the students performed remarkably well!”

 For more information, contact Ms. Sherri Davis-Viniard, Director of Public Relations for Newton County Schools, at