Wednesday, April 29, 2015

St John the Baptist-Vermillion Students Win Big at MN Regional Science Fair

Students from St John the Baptist School-Vermillion returned with many ribbons, medals, trophies, and special awards after presenting their scientific findings at the Southern Minnesota Science & Engineering Fair at Minnesota State University-Mankato. These students were selected as winners of their local school science fair in grades 3 through 6, and advanced to regional competition last weekend.

The annual regional fair brings together over 800 student projects in grades 3 through 6 and fosters a passion for exploration and discovery in students. St John's, a preschool through 6th grade school, hosts a local science fair each year. Their top students advance to compete in the regional fair with the belief that it prepares students for high school and college, allows them to compete for scholarships once at the high school level, and introduces them to career opportunities in science and engineering, in addition to developing strong presentation and interview skills and mastery of the scientific method.

Students compete in the following project categories according to the theme of their research project: Animal Sciences, Behavior & Social Sciences, Cellular & Molecular Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Computer Science, Earth & Planetary Science, Energy & Transportation, Engineering, Environmental Management, Environmental Science, Family Consumer Science, Mathematical Sciences, Medicine Health Sciences & Human Performance, Microbiology, Physics & Astronomy, and Plant Sciences.

Grade 3:
Jack Hanson, blue ribbon; Ryan Clemens, purple ribbon, Jack Sieben, purple ribbon, Amanda Bauer, purple ribbon; Chloe Hanson, purple ribbon; 
Grade 4: Elisa Kurzawski, purple ribbon and 2nd place in 4th grade Chemistry division; David Petit, purple ribbon, Noah Kirby, purple ribbon, Nick Endres, red ribbon, Billie Wilson, purple ribbon, and Abby Strommen, purple ribbon and Thin Films Scholar Award
Grade 5: Allison Wentzler, purple ribbon and 1st place in 5th grade Chemistry division
Grade 6: Grace Sieben, purple ribbon; Theresa Kiminski, purple ribbon

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