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Newton County School System middle and high school students fared extremely well in the recent Griffin RESA Regional Science Fair. Overall,  14 projects earned first place awards, 11 projects received second place awards and 4 projects won third place awards.  All students winning first place awards will move on to the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair at the University of Georgia on March 27-29, 2014.

In addition to winning a first place award, Vitaliy Semenikhin of Newton High School also won the United States Navy/United States Marines Award. Middle school student Harrison Bohannon from Indian Creek took home second place honors and the United States Navy/United States Marines Award for his project. Three middle school students, Dory Berry of Cousins Middle School, Emma Camfield of Newton County Theme School at Ficquett, and Ava Jane Teasley of Indian Creek Middle School not only took home first place awards but also won the prestigious Broadcom Masters Award for their projects!

Newton County School System’s students competed against students from Fayette, Henry, Griffin-Spalding, Butts, Pike, Lamar, and Thomaston Upson county schools. 

“Science is extremely important in this modern age we live in,” said Samantha Fuhrey, Superintendent of Newton County Schools. “I am so proud to see so many of our students not only enter the regional science fair, but perform so exceedingly well!  What a fabulous job by not only our students but also their teachers! It’s a job truly well-done! I wish those moving on to the state competition the very best of luck. I know they will represent their schools and our school system well!”

The following is a list of all Newton County School System Science Fair students who won awards at the Griffin RESA Regional Science Fair:

 


STUDENT

SCHOOL

 

CATEGORY

 

AWARD

PROJECT

Junior Division

Ava Jane Teasley

Indian Creek

Animal Science

1st & Broadcom Masters

Preventing a Pain in the Butt!

Caroline Piper

Indian Creek

Animal Science

1st

What’s Going on Inside Your Dog’s Eyes?

Emma Raines

Indian Creek

Physics & Astronomy

1st

Can You Catch That?

Daphne Ramirez

Indian Creek

Behavioral & Social Sciences

1st

Remember Me?

Wesley Rains

Indian Creek

Physics & Astronomy

1st

Revenge of the Cooler soda

Caroline Dumdie

Indian Creek

Physics & Astronomy

1st

What Floats Your Boat?

Katie Bryans

Indian Creek

Physics & Astronomy

1st

Sinking Moby Duck

Diana Vo

Clements

Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical

1st

Leaky Clues to Dam Design

Emily Cope

Cousins

Physics & Astronomy

1st

Potato Gun: Barrel Length & Distance

Dory Berry

Cousins

Cellular & Molecular Biology

1st & Broadcom Masters

Variations in DNA Amount

Emma Camfield

Theme School

Physics & Astronomy

1st & Broadcom Masters

Red Eye

Joshua Obrien

Theme School

Earth & Planetary Science

1st

Weathering The Storm

Harrison Bohannon

Indian Creek

Animal Science

2nd & United States Navy/United States Marines

Three Fine Mice, See How They Run…

Elizabeth Baker

Indian Creek

Behavioral & Social Sciences

2nd

Trying to Be Normal

Rachel Culberson & Sydney Ziglar

Indian Creek

Microbiology

2nd

Germs Galore

Ameer Wells

Clements

Medicine & Health Sciences

2nd

Natural vs. Chemical

Yasmine Calhoune

Cousins

Behavioral & Social Sciences

2nd

How Fears Change With Age

Elaina Smith

Cousins

Energy & Transportation

2nd

How Do Humans Generate Power?

Nicholas Depkin

Theme School

Chemistry

2nd

Which Has Higher Electrolytes?

Doster Harper

Theme School

Animal Science

2nd

Squirmy Worms

Christian Johnson

Theme School

Behavioral & Social Sciences

2nd

The Eyes Have It

Shelby Knighton

Veterans Memorial

Behavioral & Social Sciences

2nd

Short Term Memory Loss

Lauren Cumming

Cousins

Microbiology

3rd

Canines vs. Humans

Kenzie Stone

Cousins

Chemistry

3rd

How Safe Are You?

Annaliese Siders

Theme School

Medicine & Health Sciences

3rd

When Science is Sweet

Daniella Coffee & Amya Pounds

Liberty

Chemistry

3rd

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buttah!

Senior Division

Anthony McCartha & Nkosi Cave

Newton High

Behavioral & Social Sciences

1st

How Does Social Media and Technology Affect the Interpersonal Skills of Teenagers in Our Society

Vitaliy Semenkhin

Newton High

Energy & Transportation

1st & United States Navy/United States Marines

Investigating Piezoelectric Properties for Practical Applications

Jeffrey Fallah & Riley Dameron

Newton High

Microbiology

2nd

Does Glucose in the Environment Affect Bacterial Growth?

 

“We had a great Regional Science Fair at Griffin RESA on February 11, 2014,” said Dr. Stephanie Gordy, Executive Director of Griffin RESA. “This quality of our regional students' projects was particularly high this year and the work students produced was impressive.  We are so thankful to the teachers, mentors, and parents who work with the students daily to encourage and cultivate their great talent and provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in science.   The Regional Science Engineering Fair provides a great avenue for students to showcase their work and compete at a high level regionally, across the state, and internationally.   We are very proud of our students' achievements.”

For more information, contact Ms. Sherri Davis-Viniard, Director of Public Relations for Newton County Schools at davis-viniard.sherri@newton.k12.ga.us.

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