Ashland, Wooster and Mansfield Area Residents Compete at Mohican District Science Day at Ashland University

Ashland, Wooster and Mansfield Area Residents Compete at Mohican District Science Day at Ashland University
Alaina Reed, a sophomore from Ashland High School, poses in front of her award-winning science project titled “Identifying Hazardous Bacteria in Poultry and Ground Beef Testing Most Effective Cleaning Methods.”

3/25/19 ASHLAND, Ohio - Many area residents were among the 233 students from 32 area schools plus homeschoolers competing March 23 at Ashland University for the 59th annual Mohican District Science Day. Sponsored by the Mohican District Junior Division of the Ohio Academy of Science, the event was held in Ashland University’s John C. Myers Convocation Center.

For school awards, Northwestern High School had the most superiors (9) and also the highest percentage (82 percent) of superiors for the high school division.

St. Francis Xavier had the most superiors for a middle school/junior high (7) and tied St. Peter – North Ridgeville for the highest percentage of superiors for the middle school/junior high division.

For the elementary school division, there was a tie between Columbia Middle School and St. Edward School of Ashland for the most superiors (5) and St. Edward School had the highest percentage (83 percent) of superiors.

Four local high school students received the Outstanding Student Awards, which were presented to the four best projects with the winners each receiving a plaque and cash award of $60. Those recipients were: Elyse Reed, a sophomore from Ashland High School, for her project titled “The Effects of Decomposing Polyethylene on Ocean Acidification”; Alaina Reed, a sophomore from Ashland High School, for her project titled “Identifying Hazardous Bacteria in Poultry and Ground Beef Testing Most Effective Cleaning Methods”; Katherine Koontz, a senior from Northwestern High School, for her project titled “The Ability of Probiotic Bacteria to Metabolize Gluten”; and Jadah Smith, a senior from Northwestern High School, for her project titled “The Effects Electronic Nicotine Delivery Devices Have on Living Organisms.”

Kaylie Dye and Skylar Dawson, two seniors from Northwestern High School, received the Dean’s Award, a $100 award from the Dean of AU’s College of Arts and Sciences to the best interdisciplinary project for their team project titled “The Grocery Grabber.”

Mackenzi Gray, a senior from Northwestern High School, received the Cornerstone Counseling of Ashland award and a Governor’s Award for Biotechnology and Biomedical Technology Research for her project “Using The Stroop Effect to Show Brain Development in Young Adults According to Reaction and Perception Time.” She received a plaque and an Ashland University Bookstore gift certificate as well as a $50 cash award by the Mohican District Science Council.

Julia Brauner, a sixth grader from St. Edward School, received a Governor’s Award for Agriculture and Food Technology Research for her project titled, “What Type of Non-Dairy Milk Works Best in Baking?”  She received a $50 cash award provided by the Mohican District Science Council.

Elyse Reed, a tenth grader from Ashland High School, received a Governor’s Award for Environmental Protection Research for her project titled “The Effects of Decomposing Polyethylene on Ocean Acidification” and received a $50 cash award provided by the Mohican District Science Council.

Anthony Long, a sixth grader at St. Mary Immaculate Conception, received a Governor’s Award for Information Science and Technology Research for his project titled “Nose Cones and Altitude: It’s Rocket Science” 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 local students Jadah Smith, a senior from Northwestern High School, for her project titled “The Effects Electronic Nicotine Delivery Devices Have on Living Organisms”; Katherine Koontz, a senior from Northwestern High School, for her project titled “The Ability of Probiotic Bacteria to Metabolize”; and Grace Chupp, a senior from Northwestern High School, for her project titled “Using the Simon Effect and the Stroop Effect to Determine How High School Practices Affect Reaction Time.”

The Ohio Soybean Bioscience Award of $100 for a best project in the area of agriculture biosciences, bioresources, biopolymers, bioproducts and/or biofuels using soybeans was awarded to  Northwestern Middle School seventh grader Virginia Hamers for her project titled, “What Type of Soil Affects pH of Water?” and to St. Mary Immaculate Conception sixth grader Kara Jones for her project titled “What Color of Light is Best for Plant Growth?” Kara Jones’ project also was selected as an alternate for the Ohio Tuition Authority College Advantage Scholarships. She was awarded a $25 Amazon gift card and in the event that the award winners fail to open the 529 College Advantage account, she would be eligible to receive those funds.

The B-Wiser Institute gave $100 scholarships to the Buckeye Women in Science Camp at the College of Wooster to the top female seventh graders, including Quinn Fast, a seventh grader from Northwestern Middle School, for her project titled “Hydrochloric Acid vs. Allergy Pills”; and Sophia Linder, a seventh grader from Northwestern Middle School, for her project titled “Does Motor Oil Kill Bacteria.”

Seven 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 6 for a chance to qualify for the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Ariz., from May 12-16. Those selected were: Trenton Boatner, a Northwestern High School senior for his project titled “Smart Armor”; Alaina Reed, a sophomore from Ashland High School, for her project titled “Identifying Hazardous Bacteria in Poultry and Ground Beef Testing Most Effective Cleaning Methods”; a team project by Skylar Dawson, a senior from Northwestern High School, and Kaylie Dye, a senior at Northwestern High School, for their project titled “Grocery Grabber”; Katherine Koontz, a senior from Northwestern High School, for her project titled “The Ability of Probiotic Bacteria to Metabolize Gluten”; Jadah Smith, a senior from Northwestern High School, for her project titled “The Effects Electronic Nicotine Delivery Devices Have on Living Organisms”; Elyse Reed, a sophomore from Ashland High School, for her project titled “The Effects of Decomposing Polyethylene on Ocean Acidification”; and a team project by Jason Lin, Brayden Shaver and Gregory Tan, juniors from Ontario High School, titled “Correlations Between Amphibian Populations and Water Chemistry in a Constructed Wetland.”

Those students receiving superior awards and qualifying for going on to state competition as a guaranteed participate or alternate were:

-- Ashland Christian, grades seven and eight: Collin Johnson and Gavin Finger.
-- Ashland Middle School, grades seven: Wyatt Bechtol.
-- Ashland High School, grade ten: Alaina Reed and Elyse Reed.
-- Franklin Elementary, grades five and six: Haily Browning and Maksim Schneider.
-- Loudonville Junior High, grade eight: Brett Carnegie.
-- Mapleton Elementary School, grade six: team of Shaw Dreibelbis, Dylan Hartzler and Jay Kettering. 
-- Northwestern Elementary School, grades five and six: Kaylee Cherry, Asher Erf, Kate Johnson, and the team of Gino Guidetti and Morgan Murphy.
-- Northwestern Middle School, grades seven: Quinn Fast and Sophia Linder.
-- Northwestern High School, grades twelve: Trenton Boatner, the team of Skylar Dawson and Kaylie Dye, Katherine Koontz, Jadah Smith, Grace Chupp, Mackenzi Gray, Brianna Shearer, Carrie Boak, and the team of Nick Burns and Nick Howman.
-- Ontario Middle School, grade six: Sky Liu and Hayden Kuenzli.
-- Ontario High School, grade 10 and 11: team of Jason Lin, Brayden Shaver and Gregory Tan.
-- St. Edward Middle School, grade six: Julia Brauner, Emma Paddags, Olivea Durig, Austin Stout and Autumn King.
-- St. Mary Immaculate Conception, grades five and six: Kara Jones, Anthony Long, Anthony Taruntani, Gabriel Vossler, Brooke Bowling and Trei Durstine.

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, 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. ###