HHS Students Fare Well At Science Fair
Students from Hundred High School won about $1,000 in rewards at the annual regional science and engineering fair held at West Liberty University Feb. 28.
“We had a great time at the science fair,” said HHS Advisor Rebecca Spicher. “It was the biggest turnout in about 10 years.” A total of 80 high and middle school students from Marshall, Ohio, and Wetzel counties showed off their knowledge on subjects ranging from biochemistry to zoology.
Students in the senior division came from Hundred, Wheeling Park, John Marshall, Cameron, and Bishop Donahue high schools.
Fourteen students from HHS received awards, including Rebecca Watson who won second place overall. She also won an all expense paid trip to observe the International Science Fair in Pittsburgh, Pa., this spring. Other awards Watson garnered were the Barbara Sterling Award and the American Psychological Association Award. She was the first place winner in the Medicine and Health category.
Other HHS students who received honors are as follows:
Miranda Gray: Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award and Chemistry Division second place winner
Kaitlyn Kuhn: Yale Science and Engineering Award and first place Chemistry Division
Meliah Umstead: first place Botany Award
Deidre Morris: first place Mathematics Award
Annie Fox: first place Zoology Award
Valerie Soles: second place Medicine and Health Award
Libby Baker: second place Botany Award
Wyatt Metz: second place Engineering Award
Taylor Fetty: third place Behavioral Science
Emily Rine: third place Medicine and Health Award
Airadeea Williams: third place Physics Award
Hailey Eastham: third place Zoology Award
Sydney Hoyle: honorable mention Chemistry
Theunis Van Aardt, co-director and chemistry instructor at West Liberty, said the competition is proof of a solid emphasis on STEM education in local schools.
“For the contest, a student has to take an idea and create something for themselves. The method in which they investigate their idea is the most important aspect for several categories,” he said.
“This contest really shows us that STEM education is making an impact in our education systems.”
Event co-director Zachary Loughman, a biology instructor for the university, said the annual competition was created to encourage science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in local schools.
“We need scientists and there aren’t enough in the world,” Loughman said. “Many times, education is set up to push science to the side for higher standardized test scores in other core subjects, so seeing these students be as enthusiastic as they are is a great thing.”