Students compete at State Science Day

COLUMBUS — Seventy-seven students from eighteen 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 13.

Approximately 1200 students from across the state participated in the all day event with a total of o$1 million 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. Thirty-three students received superior scores.

Local students receiving Superior ratings were: Bethel Middle School — Alaina Yarwick: Lehman Catholic High School, Sidney — Abigail Jones, Megan Neumeier, Angela Brunner, Ann Deafenbaugh, Hailey Wick, William Hoersten, Melanie Brunner, Lyndsey Jones; Milton-Union High School — Abigail Hissong; Newton Elementary, Pleasant Hill — Matthew Koon; Piqua Catholic Elementary — Hayden Sever; Piqua High School — Darby Bubp; Tippecanoe High School — Leena Vyas; Tippecanoe Middle School — Brandon Hood and Gavin Ford.

Thirteen students earned special individual awards totaling almost $2,400, plus Ohio Tuition Trust Authority 529 Savings Plan Scholarships totaling $2,500 and renewable scholarships totaling $21,000 (up to $84,000 over four years). Additional awards and scholarships earned by local students include: Aislen Setty, Graham Middle School — first place OSU College of Medicine Future Physician/Scientist Award — $500; Abigail Jones, Lehman High School — HM Geological Society Geological Award $50; HM Governor’s Award for Excellence in Environmental Protection Res.$100; second place Ohio Soil & Water Conservation Districts Award $100; Abigail Hissong, Milton-Union HS — American Statistical Association Award; Matthew Koon, Newton Elementary School – First Ohio Tuition Trust Authority 529 Plan Scholarship $1500; Second American Meteorological Society Award $50; Hayden Sever, Piqua Catholic Elementary School — Ohio Tuition Trust Authority 529 Plan Scholarship $1000; Leena Vyas, Tippecanoe High School — Case Engineering and Applied Science Award — Case Western Reserve University Scholarship — $20,000 renewable (four years), The Ohio State University College of Engineering Scholarship $1,000 renewable, Engineer’s Foundation of Ohio Award, Second place $50; American Statistical Association Award; Victoria Jacobs, Tippecanoe High School — OWEA Water Environment Science Award Projects devoted to stream water quality — first place $500; Brandon Hood and Gavin Ford, Tippecanoe Middle School — first place Sigma Xi OSU Chapter Interdisciplinary Research Award $100.

In only its third year participating in the Science Day Program, Anna High School students secured a coveted Harold C. Shaw Outstanding School Award Trophy. This award is difficult to achieve, requiring a high percentage of Superior projects at State Science Day. Congratulations to the Anna HS students and their teacher Mrs. Vicki Quinter.

Upper Miami Valley Science Days provides the opportunity for students, grades fifth through 12th 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: