2022 Regional Science Fair

NCSS Students Win Big at Griffin RESA Regional Science & Engineering Fair
Posted on 03/07/2022
3 science fair winners--two boys and one girlNewton County School System (NCSS) students brought home the hardware from the recent Griffin RESA Regional Science Fair. In fact, every NCSS student participating earned an award in the competition. The NCSS students competed against fellow students from Butts, Fayette, Henry, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, and Upson counties.

One student, Newton County Theme School’s Katheryn Wilber, not only won first place honors but also the prestigious Broadcom Master’s Award—the highest award given to middle school students at the competition. Winners of this award are invited to compete in the Broadcom Masters competition in Washington, DC.

“I am so impressed but definitely not surprised by how successful our students were at the Regional Science Fair,” said NCSS School Superintendent, Samantha Fuhrey. “I know for sure and have said for years, that Newton County is home to some of the most academically gifted students in the state. Our students continually prove in competitions such as the Regional Science Fair that they can compete with and out-perform the very best students the state of Georgia has to offer. To have every student participating win an award is an amazing accomplishment and speaks volumes not only about our students but also our science teachers and the work they do preparing students to succeed in the subject.”

She added, “I am so proud of each and every one of our students and 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 Regional Science Fair winners. All first place winners will move on to compete at the 2022 Georgia Science and Engineering Fair in Athens March 21-April 2, 2022.

Senior Division (High School) Science Fair Winners
STUDENT    SCHOOL    AWARD   PROJECT
 LaTayla Billingslea and Riley Poynter   Newton College & Career Academy   1st Place    Drugging E. Coli: Effects of Vape e-liquids on E.Coli
 Annslee Dunn   Newton College & Career Academy   1st Place    Using Beneficial Bacteria to Kill Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria
 Brianna Francis and Bailey Smith   Newton College & Career Academy   2nd Place    CRSIPR Knockout & Restriction Digest in Bacterial Transformation
 Kaegan Hill   Newton College & Career Academy   3rd Place   Efficacy of Over-the-Counter Products on Bacteria-Induced Atopic Dermatitis 
 Younger Burton and Tatom Curtis   Newton College & Career Acade
Honorable Mention    Poisonous PCR: Analysis of the ITS Gene in Local Poisonous Fungal Species
 Dasia Lackey   Newton College & Career Academy   Honorable Mention   Cellobiose/SCOBY in Biofuel Production 

Junior Division (Middle School) Science Fair Winners
 STUDENT   SCHOOL   AWARD   PROJECT
 Alexander Ehret   Newton County Theme School   1st Place   How do Variables Affect the Performance of a Roller Coaster Car?
 Oliver Reid   Newton County Theme School   1st Place   Evaluating the Effects of a Radar Speed Sign on Driver Speed 
 Katheryn Wilber   Newton County Theme School   1st Place & Broadcom Masters Award    Which Mask Works Best? (to prevent spread of bacteria)
 Brooklynn Gladue and Gabrielle Rangel   Indian Creek Middle School   2nd Place   Effectiveness of Various Pizza Sauces on Pizza Condition
 Sophia Mabie   Newton County Theme School   2nd Place   What is the Most Absorbent Paper Towel? 
 Benjamin Parson   Newton County Theme School   2nd Place   3,2,1 GRO! The Effects of Potting Soil on Plant Growth 
 Alex Amerson   Indian Creek Middle School   3rd Place   What is the Optimal Trebuchet Boom Ratio? 
 Jayden Colbert and Markell Francis   Clements Middle School   3rd Place   Soda & Mentos Experiment 
 Zoey Dotson   Newton County Theme School   3rd Place   Which Nail Polish Brand Lasts the Longest? 
 Rahniah Greene   Clements Middle School   3rd Place   Acrylic Nail Removal 
 Caroline Meeler   Indian Creek Middle School   3rd Place   A Spoonful of Sugar: Glucose in Our Food (Part II)  
 Leyton Parker   Newton County Theme School   3rd Place    Which Liquid Evaporates the Fastest?
 Payton Tremblay   Liberty Middle School   3rd Place   Electro Resistance 
 Emilee Beal   Indian Creek Middle School   Honorable Mention   Measuring Relative Skyglow Using a Digital Camera 
 Katie Bryan   Indian Creek Middle School   Honorable Mention   The Difficulties of Separating CGI and Photography 
 Meredith Dowdy, Colbie Hamlin, and Madeline Jones   Indian Creek Middle School   Honorable Mention    Does Smell Affect our Taste?
 Marc Goring, Jr., and Devin Smalls   Liberty Middle School   Honorable Mention   Electrified! Differences in Electrolytes Between Drinks 
 Samantha Paler   Clements Middle School   Honorable Mention    It's Unbelie-bubble!
 Jonathan Phillips   Liberty Middle School   Honorable Mention    Fantastic Fabrics (fabrics and fading)
 Tristan Taylor   Indian Creek Middle School   Honorable Mention   Investigation Plastic Pollution

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