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Newton County School System middle school students brought home several awards from the recent Georgia Science and Engineering Fair (GSEF)! In order to participate in the State Science Fair, students must first have won at both their local school system science fair and their regional science fair.

At GSEF, the exhibitors have the opportunity to share their research with some of the top scientists in Georgia and compete for awards and scholarships.

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






Jade Cofer

Newton County Theme

3rd Place

The Brain Study: Do People Focus More on Words or Shapes

Michaela Cole

Indian Creek

3rd Place & Tellus Science Museum’s Outstanding Exhibit Award

Stain, Stain, Go Away!

Ava Jane Teasley

Indian Creek

3rd Place & Best in Category Animal Sciences Jr. Division

Preventing a Pain in
the Butt 2.0

Mason Garrett

Newton County Theme

4th Place

321 Splash Off

Devin Goolsby


4th Place & Student Choice—Never Would Have Thought of Award

Chains vs. Boosters

Annaliese Siders

Newton County Theme

Tellus Science Museum’s Outstanding Exhibit Award-Alternate

Dogs or Cats?


“Congratulations to all of our outstanding science fair participants,” said Samantha Fuhrey, Superintendent for Newton County Schools. “They have represented their schools and our school system extremely well. In order to participate in the State Science Fair, students must have won first place at both our school system science fair and the regional science fair. Winning at the local and regional level is an exceptional accomplishment. To move to the State Science Fair competition and earn further recognition highlights our very talented students. I take great pride in the fact that students in the Newton County School System continue to excel not only in local and regional competitions but also at the state level as well.”

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