Mansfield Area Residents Compete at Mohican District Science Day at Ashland University

3/28/11 ASHLAND, OH -- A total of 281 students from 44 schools participated in the 51st annual Mohican District Science Day held at Ashland University. This event was sponsored by the Mohican District Junior Division of the Ohio Academy of Science and was held on March 26 in the John C. Myers Convocation Center at Ashland University.
The students who participated in this event represented high schools, junior high/middle schools and fifth and sixth grades in eleven different counties: Ashland, Clark, Cuyahoga, Erie, Holmes, Huron, Lorain, Medina, Richland, Summit, and Wayne.
St. Paul High School gained the most superior ratings at the high school level. Norwalk Catholic Junior High received the most superior ratings at the middle/junior high school level. Edison Elementary in Ashland and St. Francis Xavier schools received the most superior ratings at the elementary school level.
All students who received superior ratings are eligible to receive a $1,000 renewable scholarship to attend Ashland University.
Outstanding Student Awards were given to the four best projects of the day. Winners received a plaque and the Mohican District Science Council pays their State Science Day entry fees. Two Mapleton High School students were recipients of this award. They were seniors Emily McKinley and Ross Patton with their project, "Is Mapleton High School Overweight?"
The Governor's Awards for Excellence went to students in five different areas. Each Governor's Award winner received a $50 savings bond from the Mohican District Council. Madalynn Conkle, a seventh grader at Ashland Middle School, received a Governor's Award for agriculture and food technology with her project, "Preventing Pathogens from Picking on Poultry." Ryan Culross, a sophomore at Mapleton High School, won a Governor's Award for biotechnology and biomedical technologies with his project, "How Does Oral pH Affect the Amount of Oral Bacteria?"
The U.S. Navy presented 8 awards, with all recipients receiving a letter of congratulations, medallion, and Naval Science Award Certificate. Receiving a Junior Award was Chandler Gibson, a seventh grader at Willard Middle School, with his project, "Which Insulation Holds in Heat the Best?" Receiving an Honorable Mention Junior Award was Greg Bell, a seventh grader at Ashland Middle School, with his project, "Suspension vs. Beam - Which Bridge Holds More?"
WIL Research Awards were awarded to two projects and included a $100 savings bond. Iris Walter, a sixth grader at Discovery School, was a recipient of one of these awards with her project, "Detergent Toxicity."
The Geology Club of Ashland University awarded three awards to projects in the area of earth and space science and environmental science. Jacob Beckner, a seventh grader at Shiloh Middle School, received second place for his project, "Soil Erosion."
Six B-Wiser Institute Scholarships were given to the top female 7th grade projects. Alexia Kemerling, a seventh grader at Discovery School, and Presley Stephens, a seventh grader at Shiloh Middle School, were both recipients of one of the $100 scholarships to the Buckeye Women in Science Camp at Wooster College.
Lucas Heritage Middle School eighth grader, Haley Banks, received a Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Award which consists of four tickets to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo for her project, "Can You Modify Fish Behavior?"

A total of 95 projects received superior ratings and the right to represent the Mohican District at the state competition to be held May 7, 2011 at The Ohio State University.

Area high school students receiving a superior rating were: Katarina Widrick and Victoria Leahy of Mansfield Senior High School; Emily McKinley, Ross Patton, Alan Tallos, Adam Johnson, Brittany Telakowicz, Nathan Kline, Ryan Culross, and Emily Sedlak of Mapleton High School; and Amy Grube of Shiloh High School.

Area middle/junior high school students receiving superior ratings were: Kimmy Powell and Krista Strausbaugh of Ashland Christian School; Barat Venkataramany, Erika McFrederick, Owen Smith, Noelle Burke, Ethan Gruber, Adam Benway, and Madalynn Conkle of Ashland Middle School; Ian Brown, Ashton Meloche, Alexia Kemerling, of Discovery School; Haley Banks of Lucas Heritage Middle School; Joshua Mansfield, Keri Mosley, and John Smith Jr. of Mapleton Middle School; Josh Weber, Madeline Cooperrider, and Dylan Miller of Perrysville Junior High School; Joseph Williams, Presley Stephens, Grant Weltlin, and Laura Grube of Shiloh Middle School; and Scott Frazee of St. Edward School.

Area fifth and sixth grade students receiving superior ratings were: Iris Walter, Kassie Schuster, and Zane Michael of Discovery Elementary; Chloe Davidson, Annalise O'Lear, Megan Rhoades, Anthony Highman, Ian Swain, and Caleb Myers of Edison Elementary School; Daniel Ritchey of Mapleton Elementary School; and Devyn Etling and Andrew Stump of St. Edward School.
Area fifth and sixth grade students receiving superior ratings and going on to the state competition were: Peter Zimmerman of St. Edward School.
Ashland University (www.ashland.edu<http://www.ashland.edu>) is a mid-sized, private institution conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland, and Columbus, Ohio.  Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.

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