Grif­fin RESA Science Fair

The Covington News - - School Beat -

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

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