Students compete at State Science Day

Fifty-five students from 15 local school districts recently competed successfully at the Ohio Academy of Science State Science Day held at The Ohio State University in Columbus on Saturday, May 14.

Approximately 1,200 students from across the state participated in the all day event with a total of one million dollars distributed as scholarships and awards. Students exhibited projects in science, technology, engineering and mathematics which they worked on from last September through February of this year. All of the local students did exceptionally well with twenty-nine receiving superior scores as well as earning a number of special individual awards totaling almost $2,000 and $3,500 in renewable scholarships.

Receiving Superior ratings were: Adam Buynak, Thomas Chaney, Allison Chitwood, Alexandra Davis, Emily Gootzeit, Jessica Hemmelgarn, Jessica Miller, Samantha Rowland, Leena Vyas (Tippecanoe High School); Brandon Hood (Tippecanoe Middle School); Amelia Campbell, Max Dunaway, Isa Ramos, Levi Baileys, Ryan Hartke (Tipp L.T. Ball Intermediate); Abby Hissong (Milton-Union High School)Rhyan Turner (Bradford High School); Ryan Ballou, Natalie Milligan (DeColores Montessori); Francesca Masso-Rivetti, Quinten Muhlenkamp (Greenville High School); Justus Thomas (Tri-Village School); James McClure, Tessa Tyo (Versailles High School); Lauren McFarland (Piqua Catholic ES); Ann Deafenbaugh (Holy Angels); Caroline Heitmeyer, Megan Neumeier, Jacquie Schemmel (Lehman Catholic High School).

Receiving Excellent ratings were: Tim Andrews (Tippecanoe High School); Sydney Brown, Savy Dean, Nicole Strong, Emily Von Krosigk (Tipp L.T. Ball Intermediate); Savannah Phipps, Lisa Sebastian (Bethel Middle School); Matthew Koon (Newton ES); Lauren Zaylskie (Troy HS); Kaliee Brower, Drew Patty (Bradford High School); Anthony Masso-Rivette (DeColores Montessori); Maddie Downing, Landen Fraylick (Tri-Village); Tyler McKee, Mackenzie Wells, Aaron Brautigam, Brianna Fanaff (Anna High School); Gabe Knapke (Piqua Catholic ES); Alex Gleason, Meaghan McDonald, Brieanna Werling (Lehman Catholic High School).

Additional awards earned: Students receiving recognition for multiple years competing at State Science Day were from Tippecanoe HS — six year awards to Thomas Chaney, Allison Chitwood, Samantha Rowland and a four-year award to Adam Buynak; and from Greenville High School, a four-year award to Francesca Masso-Rivetti.

Upper Miami Valley Science Days provides the opportunity for students, grades 5-12, in Champaign, Darke, Miami and Shelby counties, to complete and present original scientific research. This program is organized and supported by many area schools, teachers, parents, Edison Community College, Urbana University, and a number of businesses, professionals, community organizations and other interested individuals. For additional information, go to the UMVSD website at