ACTC Science Fair Spotlights Student Learning

The 4th annual ACTC/FIVCO Science and Technology Fair on February 5 showcased 72 projects from 26 schools representing all FIVCO counties. The Fair was held at the Ashland Community and Technical College Technology Drive Campus.

This is a wonderful opportunity for students to explore and find information, said Pennie Thomas, a fourth grade teacher at Cannonsburg Elementary School. The way the world is today, science and technology are important for students to learn. The contest is a good motivator to put in extra effort, and the projects help students become independent learners.

The Fair is designed for students in fourth to twelfth grades in public, parochial or home-based schools, with three grade groupings for judging purposes.

It was a lot of fun, said December Boggs, an Oakview student who worked with classmate Abigail Street on a No Water, Now Way life science project. We got to work with plants and watch them grow, she said.

Exposing young people to science and technology is great, said David Gibson, Vice President of the Industrial Solutions Business Unit at EN Engineering in Catlettsburg. He was one of several EN Engineering employees who joined the Fair as judges. We want people to know that engineering and technology are good career choices not only for the country but for this area.

Cash prizes for the overall winners were awarded through a grant from Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky, Inc. The fair was also supported locally by Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital Foundation, Dr. Mary Catherine and Al Flath, EN Engineering, Big Sandy Superstore, Tabi Cakes, Greenup County School District, Carter County Schools, Marty Vannatter, Marathon Catlettsburg Refining, Gwen and Randy Bussey, 7-UP, Community and Technical College Foundation of Ashland, Inc. and ACTC Workforce Solutions.

Science Fair Award Winners

For each grade group in the Science Fair, 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12, awards were given in five entry categories: Chemistry, Engineering, Life Science, Physics amp; Astronomy and Mathematical Science. Then three overall winners were selected from each grade group.

Elementary School Awards were: Chemistry (1st) Katie Hannah and Cassidy Madden from McKell, (2nd) Ace Farris and Moe Tun from Hager, (3rd) Ethan Blevins from Greysbranch; Engineering (1st) Asyln Fannin from Crabbe, (2nd) Ashlee Reynolds from Crabbe, (3rd) Aden Hereford and Olivia Hutchinson from Summit; Life Science (1st) Sarah Pierce from McKell, (2nd) Autumn Egleston and Ariah Egleston from Olive Hill, (3rd) Ayden Pack and Bailey Powers from Cannonsburg; Mathematical Science (1st) Ruthie Weatherford from Carter City Elementary, (2nd) Emerson Montavon from McKell Elementary; Physics and Astronomy (1st) Ashton Tiller and Tate Akers from Prichard, (2nd) Allison Wireman from Greysbranch, (3rd) Sam Hicks and Walker Conley from Oakview.

Overall Elementary School winners were: 1st Asyln Fannin from Crabbe, 2nd Katie Hannah and Cassidy Madden from McKell; and 3rd Sarah Pierce from McKell.

Middle School Awards were: Chemistry (1st) Mac Meek and Libby Smith from Holy Family, (2nd) Brock Kessinger from Louisa, (3rd) Kaitlyn Barker from West Carter; Engineering (1st) Aubrey West from Louisa, (2nd) Gage Potter from McKell, (3rd) Rylee Prichard and Jacob Salisbury from Holy Family; Life Science (1st) Ethan Tiller and Treven Tussey from East Carter, (2nd) Maci Moore and Maria Hayes from East Carter, (3rd) Abby Offill from West Carter; Physics and Astronomy (1st) Carter Abshire , a homeschool student, (2nd) Jared Johnson from Holy Family, (3rd) Jake Webb from Louisa.

Overall Middle School winners were: 1st Aubrey West from Louisa, 2nd Rylee Prichard and Jacob Salisbury from Holy Family and 3rd Mac Meek and Libby Smith from Holy Family.

High School Awards were: Engineering (1st) Elizabeth Dean from Holy Family; Life Science (1st) Shelby Ballard from Greenup County, (2nd) Sydney Hulgan and Natasha Terry from Greenup, (3rd) Isaac McIntosh and Seth Walker from Elliott County; Mathematical Science (1st) Stephan Gerber and Seth Canterbury from Holy Family; Physics and Astronomy (1st) Chloe DeGiorgio and Braeden Whaley from Holy Family.

Overall High School winners were: 1st Chloe DeGiorgio and Braeden Whaley from Holy Family, 2nd Elizabeth Dean from Holy Family and 3rd Shelby Ballard from Greenup County.

The overall top two projects in each grade group will go to the Regional Science and Engineering Fair at Northern Kentucky University on February 20.