Belmont College hosts science fair

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – For more than 23 years, students from local schools have displayed hundreds of science projects at Belmont College. The halls were recently filled once again with scientific inquiry.

More than 65 students from six local schools competed in the 2014 District Science Fair at Belmont College’s Main Campus in St. Clairsville on Saturday, March 15.

Students from the following schools participated: Bishop John King Mussio Elementary and Junior High School; Buckeye West Elementary, East Richland Christian; Leona Middle; St. Mary Central – Martins Ferry.

The district science fair is for students who have participated in and achieved superior scores in their school fairs or have been selected by their teachers as having exceptional projects. These projects are judged again by more rigorous standards, and the top projects among all displayed are recognized and rewarded with superior ratings and special awards sponsored by a variety of donors. The very top students are then selected to represent District 16 at the state-level competition at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

According to Rita Fulton, science fair organizer and Professor of Biology at Belmont College, the district fair gives participating students a chance to display all of their projects in one location to the general public. “There is educational value as the students are not only judged, but the judges write comments to help the students improve on what they have done, so that each time they do a project, hopefully they learn more about scientific research.”

“The number of quality projects that we had this year was very impressive,” said Fulton. “A heartfelt congratulations and thank you goes to all teachers and parents for their support of the students who represent the winners from their local school fairs and exhibits.”

The following students received superiors this year, and as such are eligible to represent District 16 at State Science Day, the state-level of competition which will be held at The Ohio State University on May 10: Dominic Argentine, Bishop John King Mussio Junior High; Nathan Bell, East Richland Christian; Abigail Berk, East Richland Christian; Emma Borden, Bishop John King Mussio Junior High; Francesca Boni, Bishop John King Mussio Elementary; Quinten Butts, Bishop John King Mussio Junior High; Zachary Campbell, Bishop John King Mussio Junior High; Paul Carapellotti, Bishop John King Mussio Junior High; Emma Conners, East Richland Christian; Jude Cottrell, East Richland Christian; Kylie Gallagher, East Richland Christian; Shaylyn Horvath, St. Mary Central Martins Ferry; Scott Kuckuck, East Richland Christian; Sarah Lendon, East Richland Christian; Leah MacNealy, East Richland Christian; Abby Milhorn, East Richland Christian; Mia Neary, Bishop John King Mussio Elementary; Cynthia Phillipson, Bishop John King Mussio Junior High; Erin Savage, St. Mary Central Martins Ferry; Travis Shore, Bishop John King Mussio Junior High; Morgan Tomich, East Richland Christian; Karlie Vandeborne, Bishop John King Mussio Elementary; Zachary Vargo, St. Mary Central Martins Ferry; Luke Watt, East Richland Christian; and Kaylynn Yockey, East Richland Christian.

Chosen as the top project was that of Sarah Lendon, student at East Richland Christian from Bethesda, Ohio. Her project titled “Childproof Containers” received the Belmont College President’s Award.

Several special recognitions and cash awards were also given from sponsors including: District 16 Science Fair Committee, M. J. Piccin Memorial, Ohio Water Environment Association, Phillip Skinner Memorial, Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, Soybean Council, and XTO Energy.