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Bellbrook students set record in 64th Annual State Science Day

Students of Bellbrook Middle School Excel at State Science Day
Students of Bellbrook Middle School Excel at State Science Day
Photo provided by Cathy St. Pierre

Twelve Bellbrook students competed at State Science Day on May 10 held at Ohio State University. Included in the twelve students were seventh and eighth graders competing for the best of the best of science projects.

“This was the greatest number of students ever to represent us at State,” said Bellbrook teacher, Cathy St. Pierre. “This set a new school record.”

The State Science Day is the pinnacle of student originated, inquiry-based science education for Ohio’s students. The academic equivalent of a state athletic championship, this year’s State Science Day is one of the largest of its kind in the nation. Drawing upon a base of over 35,000 students at more than 1,000 local school science fairs, approximately 1160 students in grades 5-12 from more than 300 schools are evaluated on their science research and communication skills. They compete for nearly 100 different scholarships and awards.

Students first entered into the Bellbrook science fair, earned Superior ratings and advanced for the District Science Fair, which held at Central State University on March 22. The District Science Fair was one of the largest in the state, was a 7 county region and had 500-600 students competing (middle & high school). Students were judged, and only the top projects advanced (there were about 110 spots slotted for the District to move onto the State Science Day). These spots were given in order of score (40 was the highest) and spots were given to oldest grade students first, making it difficult for middle schoolers to advance. There were 12 7th graders from Bellbrook Middle School who advanced to State. There were nearly 1200 students at State from all over the state of Ohio.

Bellbrook students presented to the State Science Day with the following projects:

Jonathon Dudley Manure for Fertilizer: Chicken vs Fertilizer

Adam Cary Ears: Decibels and their Affects

Katie Kleinwaechter Agents of Sound

Dana Rettig Agents of Sound

Ryan Slater Reliability and Validity of Ultrasonic Sensors

Emily McNamara Time to Remember!

Sydney Krane A Rainbow of Reactions

Artemas Reynolds Investigating Bacteria on Everyday Items at School

Rachel Kahler Sensor Fusion

Nate Feix Defending Buoyancy

Shannon Reuber Sunscreen Effectiveness: Does Paying More Pay Off?

Elise Kemper Stopping the Invasion

Each of the students represented Bellbrook High School and the community with amazing results.

Judge’s Ratings Student

39/40 Superior Sydney Krane

37/40 Superior Artemas Reynolds and Rachel Kahler

High Excellent Adam Cary, Jonathon Dudley, Nate Feix, Elise Kemper, Kate Klienwaechter, Emily McNamara, Dana Rettig, Shannon Reuber, and Ryan Slater

In order to qualify for the State, students must have earned Superior judges’ ratings at a local and/or County Science day, which would qualify them to enter the District Science Day. A high Superior rating at the West District Science Day, opens the doors to advance to the State. Using the lottery system, students are selected to advance to State, beginning with students with the highest, 40/40 judges’ ratings, then 39/40, 38/40, until the district’s quota is met.

The Bellbrook Middle School students began their science fair projects in November and presented their scientific inquiry projects to their science class in January. The students then participated in the Middle School Science Fair on February 11, before advancing up the ranks to State.

“Our students have put a great deal of time and effort into these projects and they bring great honor to our school and community,” St. Pierre continued.

The 64th Annual State Science Day was sponsored by The Ohio Academy of Science, American Electric Power, The Ohio Environmental Education Fund, Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane, Inc., Battelle, and Time Warner Cable.

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**Photo: Top row, left to right: Adam Cary, Artemas Reynolds, Jonathon Dudley, Rachel Kahler, Elise Kemper, Emily McNamara
Front row, left to right: Ryan Slater, Nate Feix, Kate Kleinwaechter, Dana Rettig, Sydney Krane (not pictured: Shannon Reuber)

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