DOBSON — Officials have announced the results for the Surry County Schools Science Fair held at Meadowview Middle School with a strong turnout of participants.
“Our overall student participation increased this year by over 10 percent, as students are showing more interest in Science Technology Engineering and Math related curricula areas,” said Charlotte Hiatt, county science fair coordinator. Director of Elementary Education Jennifer Scott said that the students exceeded expectations with their scientific understanding and inquiry based research.
In the Elementary Division, Grades 3-5, first place went to Wes Tucker, fifth grade Pilot Mountain Elementary for his experiment titled Need a Lift? Second place was awarded to Landon Smith, fourth grade at Pilot Mountain Elementary. His project was The Phantom Menace. Daisa Lambert, fourth grade at Westfield Elementary, was also a second place winner with Use It or Lose It.
In third place was Spencer Leclair, third-grade Mountain Park Elementary student who titled his project Eyes vs. Ears. Also in third place was Mia McMillen and Jasmine Narehood, third-graders at Dobson Elementary, with How Solutions Change Metal. In fourth place is Cassidy Hull, third-grade White Plains Elementary student, with a project titled Who Has the Best Cups and Keeps Ice the Longest?
Next was the middle grades division, grades 6-8 in Biological Science A: Humans/Animals category. In first place is Emily Edwards, sixth grade, and Cheyanne Spear, eighth grade, Meadowview Middle with Sniff, Sniffa, Sniffin. In second was Jonah Spear, eighth grade Central Middle, with project titled The Nose.
Third place went to Sarah Ford, and Tara McDevitt, eighth-graders at Central Middle, for How Long Does Caffeine affect a heart? Ann Louise Tunstall, seventh-grade student at Pilot Mountain Middle, was fourth with a project titled Memory and the 5 Senses.
The second category in the middle grades division was Biological Science B: Plants. In first Place is Leah Harris, Gentry Middle, with the project Mold and Bread. Madison Golding, eighth grade at Meadowview Middle School, finished second with The Greasy Truth. In third place was Daija Hatcher, seventh grade, Pilot Mountain Middle, with Which Fruit Produces The Most Energy?
Laken Williams, sixth-grade student at Gentry Middle, with project Acid Action won first place in the chemistry division. In second place was Cassidy Willard, Tania Juarez and Nakota Chandler, all eighth-graders at Meadowview Middle, with Pumpkin Protection. Tyler Fitzgerald finished third. He is an eighth-grader at Central Middle. His project was Hot Air vs. Cold Air. In fourth place was Carley Pratt, a seventh-grader at Central Middle, with Effect of Temperature On a Glow Stick.
In the physics division, first place went to David Meyer, sixth grade Central Middle, with Let It Fly. In second place was Sarah Southard, sixth-grade student at Central Middle, with Swimming with Drag. Third place went to Nathaniel McGraw, sixth grade Pilot Mountain Middle, with his experiment, Gaseous. Muhammad Tahir, sixth grade, Pilot Mountain Middle, was fourth with Which Type of Battery Is Best?
The earth environmental division winner was Nikki Nunn and Zoe Lach of Pilot Mountain Middle with Which Wood Burns?
In second place was Danaka Smithberg and Emma Simmons of Central Middle with Iron Contamination. In third place was Daphne Dotson of Pilot Mountain Middle with a project titled Feeding the Nations. In fourth place was Brennan Day of Central Middle with Sun Chips Combust.
Ethan Shumate won first place in the technology/engineering division. He is a sixth-grade student at Gentry Middle with a project titled Electro Magnet. In second place was Ryan Martin, sixth grade, Central Middle, with a project titled Using Your Noodle. In third place was Sarryn Meyer, seventh grade Central Middle, with Take Flight? Callie Willard was fourth. Willard is a sixth-grader at Meadowview Middle with M and M Math.
Winners also were announced in the high school division, grades 9-12. In the category of Biological Science A: Humans/Animals Ethan Atkins placed first. He is an 11th-grade student at East Surry. His project was titled, Think Fast.
In second place was Hunter Ayers, a 10th-grader from Surry Central, with a project titled, Deer Tracks. Lucas Koons, 10th grade East Surry, finished third with Can you Handle the Pressure?
In the Biological Science B: Plants category, first place went to Leah Sylsbury, 11th grade East Surry, for Can Plants Get Down?
In the chemistry division, Erin Draughn finished first. Draughn is a 10th-grader at North Surry and the project was titled What’s the Level? In second place was Danielle Key, 11th grade, Surry Central, for Fluorescent vs. Incandescent.
In third place was McKenzie Danley and Emma White and Marlee Wilmoth, 10th grade students at Surry Central, for Apples to Apples. Mason Taylor was fourth. Taylor is a 10th-grader at North Surry. Taylor’s project was titled What Would It Be?
Isaac Pyatt, an 11th grade student at Surry Central, won first in the physics division for a project titled Time Dilation In second place was Alec Wilson, 10th grade East Surry, for Does Arm Angle Affect Throwing Distance? In third place was Gisela Carrion, an East Surry High senior, for How Much Air Pressure Is Enough? Derrick Brown, Jose Montero and Zach Cochran, ninth grade Surry Central, were fourth with Up, Up, and Away.
In the earth environmental division, first place went to Trevor Lowe, 11th grade East Surry, for Weather: How it Varies from Location to Location. Luke Hinson, Grace Bowman and Erica Isaac, 10th grade Surry Central, were second with Which Wood Be Best? In third place was Tanner Whitt, 11th grade student at Surry Central, with Will it Snow?
Karla Bedoya, Sofia Delfin and Adriana Luna were fourth. They are 11th grade students at North Surry. Their project was titled River Samples.
In the technology/engineering division, first place was captured by Christine Hawks and Bethany Rollins, 11th grade Surry Central students, for Gone with the Wind. Seniors Brittany Mauck and Lauren Henderson of Surry Early College were second with I Will Never Let You Go. In third place was Jesse Johnson and Ryan Bennett, ninth grade students at Surry Central, with Video Games for the Blind.