Griffin RESA Science Fair
Newton County School system students represented the school district well at the recent Regional Science Fair held in Griffin on Feb. 18 with 19 students coming home with either first-, second- or third-place awards. The Newton County students competed against students from Fayette, Henry, Griffin-Spalding, Butts, Pike, Lamar and Thomaston Upson county schools All first place winners and alternates will proceed to the state competition held at the University of Georgia, Athens.
Brooke Wilson, from Newton High School, won first place Senior Division in Cellular & Molecular Biology with “DNA Extraction: Effects of Temperature Change.” She also won the UGA Griffin Campus Award of $100 and the U.S. Army Award. Cassidy Sims and Kathleen Cunningham, from Indian Creek, won first place Junior Division in Group Projects with “Drip! Drip! Drip! Timber! – The Effects of Drought on Tree Growth by Ring Comparison.” They also won the U.S. Navy/U.S. Marine Corps Award.
Also placing first in the Junior Division was Mary Ruth Davis, from Indian Creek, in Biological Sciences with “Would You Rather – The effects of Cardiovascular Exercise on heart Rate”; Hannah Jacobs, from Indian Creek, in Biological Sciences with “Goldfish Bootcamp – Can Goldfish Be Conditioned to perform Certain Behaviors?”; and Wesley Chambers, from Indian Creek, in Physical Science with “Pump It Up – A Comparison of Pump Capacity in Irrigation Systems.”
Taking second place in the Junior Division were Sandy Davis, from Indian Creek, in Biological Science, “Rain, Rain – Go Away!”; Kelsie Rice, from Indian Creek, In Biological Science, and alternate to State Competition, “Sunscreen…Does It Really Work?”; and Samantha Arrieta and Megan Born, from Indian Creek, in Group Projects, and alternate to State Competition, “Kitchen Disinfectants – Which One Works the Best?”
Taking third place in the Junior Division were Robin Greer, from Indian Creek, in Biological Sciences, “Is Covington a Water Polluter?”; Alex Grady, from Indian Creek, in Physical Sciences, “What’s up, What’s Down, What’s All Around?”’ Max Alas, from Veterans Memorial, in Physical Sciences, a U.S. Navy/U.S. Marine Corps Award, “How Can a Submarine Be Improved?”; Grace Murphy and Kathryn Drumheller, from Indian Creek, in Group Projects, “Potty Mouth – A comparison of Bacteria in Dog and Human Mouths”; and Cameron Curles and Joey Mitchell, from Indian Creek, in Group Projecrs, “ Hot Baseballs.”
Each year, the regional