Young scientists earn honors
Clif Knight, Hartselle Enquirer
Falkville Elementary School has recognized more than 90 students in grades K-6 as winners in its annual science fair and poster contest. A panel of judges from the community judged science projects and poster entries Feb. 7. All science projects were viewed by the student body from 9 to 11 a.m. and poster winners were announced and recognized at a PTO meeting at 7 p.m.
Ribbons were presented for best of show, first, second and third place and honorable mention. Best of show and first and second place science fair winners in fifth and sixth grades are eligible for entry in the regional science fair at the University of Alabama in Huntsville in March. First and second place poster winners are invited to enter the Morgan County Fair Poster Contest in September.
"Save the Planet" was the theme for the kindergarten through third poster competition and fourth through sixth graders were permitted to choose their own project and enter it in either one of four categories: Behavioral and Social Science, Biological Science, Environmental Science and Physical Science.
"I felt like the projects as a whole were better than they were last year. This indicated that students are learning the scientific process and how to present it in a neat and orderly way," said Anna Henderson, a fourth grade science teacher who coordinated the event. "We had a high level of participation and the presentation was very professional looking. We also had the support of a wonderful group of parents and grandparents, as well as faculty members and administrative personnel."
Students began planning and working on their projects in early December last year.
Science fair winners are listed as follows:
Fourth grade-Lucas Johnson, best of show; Behavioral and Social Science–Zack Garrison, firsts; Aaron Estes, second; Robert Belew, third; and Sydney Smith and Cheyenne Scott, honorable mention. Biological Science-Lyndsey Moore, first; Patricia Kilgore, second; Ashley Handley, third; and Alli Powell and Alex Tuttle, honorable mention. Environmental Science-Jade Blocker, first; Matthew Pressnell, second; Haylie Lambert, third; and Austin Carrico and Haley Brown, honorable mention. Physical Science-Shannon Taylor and Cade Wilemon, tie for first; Kelsi Young, second; Tyler Boyer and James Callaway, tie for third; and Jordan McKenzie and Tyler Stafford, honorable mention.
Fifth grade-Heather Smith, best of show; Physical Science-Lauren Beasley, first, Kristy West, second; Priyanka Patel, third; and Chase Ezell and Gabby Graves, honorable mention. Biological Science-Heather Russell, first; Courtney Smith, second; Morgan Jump, third; and Casey Bowen and Brett Blackwood, honorable mention.
Sixth grade-Nick Smith, best of show; Physical Science-Allie Cooper, first; Brittany Skinner, second; Ty Carpenter and Kyle Speegle, tie for third; and Garrett Widner and J.J. Koerber, honorable mention. Environmental Science-Allison Hogan, first; Sarah Goodman and Mary Grace Ward, tie for second; Tyler Anders and Lydia Urich, tie for third; and Laura Cavanaugh and Kaylene Simmons, honorable mention. Behavioral and Social Science-Jessie Thompson, first; Ashlen Young, second; Amber Oldham, third; and Brittany Bledsoe, honorable mention, Biological Science-Zach Tanner, first.
Poster winners are listed as follows:
Kindergarten-Deidra Young, first; Leyton Seal and Cole Haws, tie for second; Timmy Dailey, Katie Thompson and Emilee Thompson, tie for third; and Natalie King, Hannah Wilson, Daniel Calloway and Paige Garner, honorable mention.
First grade-Jessa Wylie, first; Trace Hill and Emily Hill, tie for second; Amanda Hargrove, Gracie Ward and Juliette Stiles, tie for third; and Patrick Grissom, Taylor Robinson, Emily Goodman and Beca Goodwin, honorable mention.
Second Grade-Bailey Anders, first; Devin Screws and Galen Smith, tie for second; Makayla Naylor. Emily Knighten and Alex Tanner, tie for third; and Kaitlyn Boyer, Tyla Measles, Michael Anderton and Bryan Holmes, honorable mention.
Third grade-Addie Knighten, first; Christa Fortenberry and Carley Barfield, tie for second; Brandon Tannehill, Elizabeth Holladay and Bruce Edmondson, tie for third; and Callie Garner, Rusty Harris, Tyler Woodall and Ryan Bradford, honorable mention.