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Continental Science Fair winners announced

posted Nov 20, 2017, 3:09 PM by Cheryl Shuffler

Can water float on water? Do different liquids affect plant growth? How does exercise change your blood pressure and heart rate? Burke County Public Schools middle school students answered these and other probing questions as part of their science fair projects for the 2017 Continental Science Fair. Students who won their school-level science fairs were eligible for the district-wide event, held Thursday, Nov. 16 at Liberty Middle School.

Rexanna Lowman, director of secondary education, announced the winners, recognized all of the students for their hard work and thanked Continental for its sponsorship. Continental representatives Greg Cairnes Sr. and Robert Small attended the awards ceremony and helped hand out ribbons and certificates. Continental employees also helped judge the science fair.

This is the third year Continental has sponsored the event, and Lowman announced the company has signed on for three more years of science fair sponsorship. The company’s sponsorship helps send first-, second- and third-place winners to the regional level in Boone in December.

Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam said, “We are so appreciative of Continental’s support of our middle school science fair. Their generosity not only gives our winners the chance to attend the regional science fair, but it also helps us grow young, inquisitive minds who could one day have a career at Continental. We are thankful for Continental’s partnership in education and vision in developing a local workforce.”

A total of 54 students presented projects in this year’s science fair. The winners are:       


Biological Science A

HMS, Jordan S., Paw Preference, first

EBMS, Davis W., Castration...Ouch, second

LMS, Kate S., How the Dye “Rose”, third


Biological Science B

HMS, Ben M. and Spencer M., Sticky Fingers, first

TRMS, Austin G. and Orion K., The ABC's of DNA, second

EBMS, Ben P., How Exercise Changes your Blood Pressure and Heart Rate, third



HMS, Laney W., Forensics: How Does It Matter? Measure The Splatter!, first

LMS, Izora G. and Christina S., Oopsie Poopsie, second

LMS, Karson H., Burn Baby Burn, third


Earth Science

LMS, Kiera H., Eco Bottles, first

LMS, Marissa L. and Hailey S., Paint, Paint, Go Away, second

EBMS, Katherine G., Can Water Float on Water?, third



LMS, Caitlin E., RE-ENGERGIZE, first

LMS, Owen S. and Vance J., Solid Waterfall, second

EBMS, Emma S., Melt Down, third



LMS, Keiven L., Designing A Robotic Straw Hand To Pick Up Objects, first

TRMS, Logan M., A Weighty Debate, second

EBMS, Christopher C., Can It Fly?, third



EBMS, Ava C., Complete the Circle, first

HMS, Abigail M., Free Wi-Fi, second