Students take honors in science fair

ELKINS – Davis & Elkins College hosted the 47th annual Eastern Regional Science Fair for middle and senior high school students this spring and presented more than two dozen awards for outstanding scientific presentations. The two-day event attracted 41 entries from students in Barbour, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur and Webster counties.

Senior high overall honors were awarded to: First place and winner of $250 – Dakota Cook and Paden Rightsell, Pendleton County High School; Second place and winner of $150 – Madison Manly, Pendleton County High School; Third place and winner of $100 – Maria Pomales, Pendleton County High School; and Honorable mention Corrine McDaniel, Philip Barbour High School.

Middle school overall honors were awarded to: First place and winner of $125 – Andrew Harper, Pendleton County Middle School; Second place and winner of $75 – Morgan Manly, Pendleton County Middle School; and Third place and winner of $50 – Jessica Melvin, Kasson Middle School.

The Davis & Elkins College Chi Beta Phi Award for best use of scientific method was presented to: Senior high winner Dakota Cook and Paden Rightsell, Pendleton County High School, and middle school winner, Andrew Harper, Pendleton County Middle School.

Middle school winners by category were: Applied Science: first place – Mykal Hoffman, Belington Middle School; second place Anna Ruf, Belington Middle School; third place – Thomas Davis, Pendleton County Middle School; and honorable mention Austin Davis, Belington Middle School.

Middle school Biology and Environmental Science: first place Jessica Melvin, Kasson Middle School; second place – Zoe Payne, Belington Middle School; third place – JT Ward, Belington Middle School; honorable mention Moriah Mitchell, Kasson Middle School, and Micah Harris, Kasson Middle School.

Middle school Physical Science: first place – Andrew Harper, Pendleton County Middle School; second place – Jordan McGee, Kasson Middle School; Third place – Brandon Kyle, Belington Middle School.

Middle school Physiology & Behavior winners were: First place – Morgan Manly, Pendleton County Middle School; second place – Kayla Lamkin, Philippi Middle School; third place – Madison Sites, Pendleton County Middle School; honorable mention – Colby Nestor, Kasson Middle School.

Middle school Team Projects winners were: first place – Jama Marshall and Stephanie Riel, Kasson Middle School; second place – Allison Phillips and Sarah Reed, Kasson Middle School; third place – Nathan Riccio and Tanner Talbott, Belington Middle School.

The annual event includes student competition as well as Saturday morning science demonstrations and hands-on workshops for participants provided by D&E faculty.

Davis & Elkins College Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Shawn Stover served as director of the 47th Eastern Regional Science Fair.

For more information, visit the D&E website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.