3/26/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – Many area residents were among the 175 students from 34 area schools competing March 24 at Ashland University for the 58th annual Mohican District Science Day. Sponsored by the Mohican District Junior Division of the Ohio Academy of Science, the event was held in the Ashland University’s John C. Myers Convocation Center. A total of 162 projects were submitted to this year's science fair, including 12 team projects.
For school awards, Northwestern High School had the most superiors (6) and Horizon Science Academy in Lorain had the highest percentage (67 percent) of superiors for the high school division.
Lake Ridge Academy had the most superiors for a middle school/junior high (5) and also the highest percentage (83 percent) of superiors for the middle school/junior high division.
For the elementary school division, there was a three-way tie between Columbia Middle School, St. Francis Xavier and St. Mary Immaculate Conception for the most superiors (5) and Mapleton Elementary School had the highest percentage (100 percent) of superiors.
Those students receiving superior awards and qualifying for going on to state competitions as a guaranteed participant or alternate were:
-- Ashland Christian, grade eight: Mark Abel, Stephen LaGoy
-- Ashland High School, grades nine and 12: Jennifer Powell, Alaina Reed, Elyse Reed
-- Loudonville Junior High School, grade eight: Matthew Baumberger, Nathan Tarleton, Alison Barr
-- Mapleton Elementary School, grade six: Kyle Sloter, Cole Vermilya, Emilee Dennison, Samantha Roberts, Taylor Hill, Eastyn Rohr, Kirsten Flora, Dana Frazier
-- Mapleton Middle School, grade eight: Casey Hubler, Matthew Recker
-- Northwestern Elementary School, grades five and six: Mallory Gilbert, Morgan Ervin, Sophia Linder, Cole Loy, Mason Meininger, Bella Stutz
-- Northwestern Middle School, grade seven: Brailee Beun
-- Northwestern High School, grades 11 and 12: Katherine Koontz, Garrett Dever, Hunter Stidham, Emily Bouffard, Christopher Orosz, Hannah Kardohely, Amaya White
-- Ontario High School, grades 11 and 12: Amy Lin, Sydney Haring, Olivia Vick, Lin Abigail Tan
-- St. Edward Elementary School, grade six: Wyatt Bechtol, Emma Higgins
-- St. Mary Mansfield, grade seven: Antonio Mancha
-- West Holmes Middle School, grade seven: Garrett Houin
Three local students received Outstanding Student Awards for best projects and received a plaque and their State Science Day entry fees paid by the Mohican District Science Council and they are eligible to compete at the Buckeye Science and Engineering Fair at Ohio State University on April 1. These were: Lin Abigail Tan, a junior at Ontario High School, for her project “Color and Concentration,”; Jennifer Powell, a senior at Ashland High School for her project titled “How Do the Lunar Phases Affect the Gender of Offspring in Leporidae?”; and Alaina Reed, a freshman at Ashland High School, for her project titled “Contrasting the Disinfecting Capabilities of All Natural Cleaners Versus Antimicrobial Soaps on a Food Preparation Surface After Exposure to Raw Poultry.”
Several local students received the Buckeye Science and Engineering Fair awards for top projects and are invited to attend the Buckeye Science and Engineering Fair on April 1 for a chance to qualify for the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. They were: Katherine Koontz, a junior at Northwestern High School, for her project titled “The Effects of Flowers Containing Gluten on the Structural Integrity of Cupcakes”; Jennifer Powell, a senior at Ashland High School for her project titled “How Do the Lunar Phases Affect the Gender of Offspring in Leporidae?”; Alaina Reed, a freshman at Ashland High School, for her project titled “Contrasting the Disinfecting Capabilities of All Natural Cleaners Versus Antimicrobial Soaps on a Food Preparation Surface After Exposure to Raw Poultry”; Northwestern High School seniors Garrett Dever and Hunter Stidham for their team project titled “The Work in Motion School Desk”; Ontario High School seniors Amy Lin, Sydney Haring and Olivia Vick for their team project titled “Effects of the TBHQ Preservatives on the Human Digestive System”; and Christopher Orosz, a senior at Northwestern High School for his project titled “The Effect of Individual BMI on Heart Rate During Exercise.”
The team of Sydney Haring, Olivia Vick and Amy Lin of Ontario High School won the Governor’s Award for Agriculture and Food Technology Research for its project, “The Effects of TBHQ Preservatives on the Human Digestive System.” The $50 cash award is provided by the Mohican District Science Council.
Elyse Reed, a ninth grader at Ashland High School, received the Governor’s Award for Environmental Protection Research for her project titled “The Evaluation of Plastic Particulate Matter in Diverse Sources of Bottled Water” and received a $50 cash award provided by the Mohican District Science Council.
Charles River Laboratories awarded $125 cash awards to projects in the area of biochemistry, chemistry, and medicine and health to Emily Bouffard, a senior at Northwestern High School, for her project titled “Gene Expression and Calcineurin Retrieved from Log Phase and Stationary Phase Paramecium” and Lay Pandya, a senior at Ontario High School, for her project titled “Can Mediums of Differing pH Influence Turmeric to Further Inhibit Streptococcus?”
Gavin Finger, an eighth grader at Ashland Christian School, received the $100 Ohio Soybean Bioscience Award for the project titled, “Does the pH Level of Water Affect the Growth of a Soybean Plant?” while Jennifer Powell, a senior at Ashland High School, received the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo award of four tickets to the zoo given for the best project in the field of zoology for her project titled “How Do the Lunar Phases Affect the Gender of Offspring in Leporidae?”
Brailee Beun, a seventh grader at Northwestern Middle School, received one of the B-Wiser Institute Scholarships for top seventh grade projects for her project titled “Memory Versus Color.” She received a $100 scholarship to the Buckeye Women in Science Camp at the College of Wooster.
Mallory Gilbert, a fifth grader at Northwestern Elementary School, won a $250 Ohio Tuition Trust Authority College Advantage Scholarship for her project titled “Life of a Battery,” while Wyatt Bechtol, a sixth grader at St. Edward, was chosen as an alternate for this award for his project titled “How to Make a Paper Airplane Fly Longer.”
Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) deeply 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. ###