Friday, March 06, 2009

100 Percent of Fayette County Science Projects Place at Regional Fair

All of Fayette County’s middle and high school science students who advanced to the Griffin RESA Regional Science and Engineering Fair earned placements and two of their projects were selected to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

A total of 22 out of 25 projects that were selected for the regional fair brought home first place honors. The first place winners are eligible to attend the State Science and Engineering Fair April 1-4 at the University of Georgia.

Middle school first place winners include: Rebecca Otwell, Fayette; Karson Bobbitt, Flat Rock; Stephanie Clark, Rising Starr; Rebekah Livingston, Rising Starr; Ryan Hogan, Bennett’s Mill; Catherine Delage, Monica Schwingshaki, Elena Jordanov, Bennette’s Mill; Leslie Perez, Sydney Roberts, Bennett’s Mill; Adah Griessbach, J.C. Booth; Julia Roberts, Elizabeth Roshelli, Bennett’s Mill; Shannon McKillip, Rising Starr; Griffin Arnall, Oliver Watkins, Whitewater; Iris Colendrino, Emily Myers, Rising Starr.

High school first place winners include: Krishan Bhagat, Brett Gaglion, Julian Urrego, Fayette County; Sonya Jooma, Sonika Reddy, Fayette County; Regan Chewning, Hannah Feltner, Starr’s Mill; Ryan Kitchens, Starr’s Mill; Michael Martin, Tuure Pasto, Fayette County; Justin Buchanan, Matt Waples, Starr’s Mill; Loreal Leaks, Fayette County; Hannah Chambless, Brahma Natarajan, McIntosh; Janae Strother, Sandy Creek; Aubrey Edkins, Starr’s Mill.

Other placements include William Nase and Adam Sheikali of J.C. Booth Middle, second place; Sarika Reddy, Fayette County High, third place and Ashton Johnson, Sandy Creek High, third place.

The science fair judges selected three high school first place winners from Fayette County to advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Sonya Jooma and Sonika Reddy of Fayette County were the only team winners selected for the international competition. Ryan Kitchens of Starr’s Mill was one of two individual students advancing to the international level.

Special awards from various organizations and institutions were also given to the following four teams and one individual. Justin Buchanan and Matt Waples, Starr’s Mill, Mu Alpha Theta Award; Catherine Delage, Elena Jordanov and Monica Schwingshaki, Bennett’s Mill, Ricoh Award; Michael Martin and Tuure Pasto, Fayette County, U.S. Air Force Award; Sonya Jooma and Sonika Reddy, Fayette County, UGA Biological Award; and Ryan Kitchens, Starr’s Mill, ASM Materials Education Foundation Award.

The Griffin RESA Regional Science and Engineering Fair is a regional competition among middle and high schools in the Griffin RESA region that consists of Butts, Fayette, Henry, Lamar, Newton, Pike, Spalding and Upson counties.

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