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Continental Science Fair winners announced

posted Dec 1, 2015, 3:24 AM by Terri Willms   [ updated Dec 1, 2015, 3:25 AM ]
   Can you block a cell phone signal with fabric? Does mint actually cool things down? Can crickets tell the temperature? Burke County Public Schools middle schoolers asked these and other probing questions as part of their science fair projects for the Continental Science Fair. Students who won their school-level science fairs were eligible for the district-wide event. Judging took place on Monday and Tuesday at Patton High School and the winners in the seven categories were announced Tuesday night at Patton. Rexanna Lowman, director of secondary education announced the winners and recognized all of the students for their hard work, their parents and school personnel for their support and Continental for its sponsorship. Continental announced in September it would sponsor the science fair and contribute $3,000 to the annual event as well as help send first- second- and third-place winners to the regional level in Boone in December.  Continental employees also handed out the medals to the winners on stage and helped judge the entries. The categories and winners are listed below, along with their entry title and school name:

Biological A                                                              
First place: Dorian Gregory, Hydroponics vs. Soil - Liberty
Second place: Lauren Crump and Ella Gragg, Are You a Five-Second Fool?  - Liberty
Third place: Lla Dobert, Toxic Nail Polish – East Burke
Third place: Ansely Austin, Flower Power – East Burke

Biological B
First place: Madison Clay and Meredith Kearson, Fun in the Sun: A Study of Sunscreen Effectiveness - Liberty
Second place: Caitlyn Eagan, Green or Red? - Liberty
Third place: Ladani Yang, Which Moisturizer Works the Best? - Heritage

First place: Jackson Crump and Easton McCoy, Does Mint Actually Cool Things Down? - Liberty
Second place: Kaisey Jones, Slippery Sidewalks - Heritage
Third place: Thomas Gigon, Keeping it Fresh – Table Rock

Earth and Environmental Science
First place: Ransom Vance, The Campfire - Liberty
Second place: Merrick Semple, Cricket Thermometer - Table Rock
Third place: Jaiden Bolick and Dessie Maiella, Building Beaches - Heritage

First place: James Buck, A Comparative Study of Adhesives – Table Rock
Second place: Gabrielle Williams, Optimum Bridge Design - Liberty
Third place: Ayden Booker, The Observation of Aerodynamics of Paper Airplanes -Table Rock

First place: Joey Seevers, Take a Shot at Newton’s Laws - Liberty
Second place: Peyton Yambor, Troubles with Curve - Heritage
Third place: Carson Poarch, Light Absorption - Liberty

First place: Reece Fisher and Olivia Gainsborg, Can you Block a Cell Phone Signal with Fabric? – Liberty 

Biology  A                                                               Biology B                                                               Chemistry


Earth and Environmental Science            Engineering                                                       Physics

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Burke County Public Schools
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