ACTC/FIVCO Science Fair Showcased 106 Projects

Although the 106 science projects in the 3rdd annual ACTC/FIVCO Science and Engineering Fair were created by approximately 200 students, they also represented the work by about 2,000 students who participated in school and district science fairs this spring.

Held February 6 at ACTCs Technology Drive Campus, the entries came from 40 schools that represented every FIVCO county.

We have seen the fair grow each year, and the increased student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is gratifying, said Dr. Barbara Walters, Fair Director and ACTC Emeritus Professor of Math. Thanks to our teachers, schools, committee members, judges and volunteers, this fair has become a premier event in the FIVCO area.

Supported in part by a grant from Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., the fair was also supported locally by Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital Foundation, Marathon Catlettsburg Refining, Dr. Barbara Walters, Dr. Mary Cat and Al Flath, Tabi Cakes, Veolia Environmental Services and ACTC Workforce Solutions.

Science Fair Overall Awards

The Science Fair included competitions in chemistry, engineering, physics amp; astronomy, life science, and mathematical science for three grade levels: 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12. The winning projects for each grade group were then judged to select the overall winners who received medals and monetary prizes.

Overall medal winners and the prize amounts for grades 4-5 were: 1st place $500, Catlettsburg residents Carly Mullins and Katie Samuel from Ponderosa Elementary School; 2nd place $50, Carter Absire, an Ashland resident from Abshire Home School; 3rd place $50, Greenup resident Katie Hannah and South Shore resident Cassidy Madden from McKell Elementary school.

Overall medals for grades 6-8 were: 1st place $1,000, Grayson residents Katlyn Conley and Lydia Porter from East Carter Middle School; 2nd place $100, Russell resident Brandon Rucker from Poage Elementary School; and 3rd place $100, Carter County resident Kaitlyn Barker from West Carter Middle School.

Overall medals for grades 9-12 were: 1st place $1,000, Paul G. Blazer High School students Megan Conley from Catlettsburg and Marshall Heath and Hannah Wade from Ashland; 2nd place $100, Holy Family High School students Elizabeth Dean and Paige Smith; and 3rd place $100, Lawrence County High School student Brianna Wilks from Webville.

The Overall First Place winners for grades 6-8 and 9-12 are invited to represent the FIVCO area at the Kentucky Regional Science Fair at Northern Kentucky University on February 21.

Science Fair Category Winners

Students with winning projects in the separate science/technology categories are listed below.

Chemistry Project awards for grades 4-5 were: 1st Carly Mullins and Katie Samuel, Ponderosa Elementary; 2nd William Copley, Fallsburg Elementary, 3rd Abby Crawford, Lacie Robinson and Emma Sparks, Cannonsburg Elementary. Awards for grades 6-8 were 1st Kaitlyn Barker, West Carter Middle; 2nd Faith Totten, Skyler Boergett and Madison Carter, Louisa Middle; 3rd Dylan Ball, McKell Middle. Awards for grades 9-12 were 1st M'Kinzy Wixsom, Holy Family High; 2nd Cameron Hale, Lawrence County High; 3rd Timothy Gillum and Katie Moore, Elliott County High.

Engineering Project awards for grades 4-5 were: 1st Katie Hannah and Cassidy Madden, McKell Elementary; 2nd Cristian Mervillus, Emma Akers and Haylen Dyer, Crabbe Elementary; 3rd Drew Clark, Liam Ferguson and Jared Brown, Oakview Elementary. Awards for grades 6-8 were 1st Brandon Rucker, Poage Elementary; 2nd Chris Hallman, Charles Russell Elementary. Awards for grades 9-12 were 1st Megan Conley, Hannah Wade and Marshall Heath, Paul G. Blazer High; 2nd Joshua Kirk, Elliott County High; 3rd Alan Lin, Lawrence County High.

Mathematical Science Project awards were: 1st for grades 4-5, Satine Hutchinson, Star Elementary; 1st for grades 6-8, Josh Childers, Rylee Prichard and Will Whaley, Holy Family; 1st for grades 9-12, Brianna Wilks, Lawrence County High School

Physics amp; Astronomy Project awards for grades 4-5: were 1st Carter Absire, Abshire Home School; 2nd Caden Hamilton, Greysbranch Elementary; 3rd Brylee Blair, Louisa East Middle. Awards for grades 6-8 were 1st Kiersten Pannell, and Aubrey West, Louisa Middle; 2nd Nathan Gillispee, West Carter Middle; 3rd Jennifer Campbell, Wurtland Middle. Awards for grades 9-12 were 1st Corbin Ratliff, Elliott County High; 2nd Hannah Johnson, Jerra Smith and Alyssa Smith, Elliott County High.

Life Science Project awards were: Grades 4-5 were: 1st Lexie Fannis, Poage Elementary; 2nd Ethan Blevins, Greysbranch Elementary; 3rd Elijah Brown, Wurtland Elementary. Awards for grades 6-8 were 1st Kaitlyn Conley and Lydia Porter, East Carter Middle; 2nd Maddison Potter, McKell Middle School; 3rd Austin Ratliff, Blaine Elementary. Awards for grades 9-12 were 1st Paige Smith and Elizabeth Dean, Holy Family High; 2nd Warren Lewis, Ciara Nichols and Kaitlin Price, Greenup County High; 3rd Matison Bentley, Amber Brown and Miranda Robinson, Greenup County High.