2018-03-07 / News

Skates Qualifies For International Science And Engineering Fair

Jordan Skates, a Pettisville senior, placed first in the high school super judging at the Northwest Ohio Regional Science and Engineering Fair at Northwest State Community College, Saturday, March 3.

Skates will represent the region at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), May 17, in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Matt Rupp and Jessie Mc- Watters, sophomores, and Kayla Wyse, a junior, also qualified for the super judging phase. Wyse placed third and McWatters placed fourth. Both qualified to attend ISEF as observers.

While other Pettisville students have qualified as presenters or observers at ISEF in the past, it is the first time that three Pettisville students qualified to attend.

In all, 12 Pettisville students competed at the regional science fair, presenting both individual and team projects.


Skates received a Superior, first place, in animal systems. She also received the ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiative, American Meteorological Society, Governor’s Thomas Edison Excellence in Environmental Science, Water Health Environment Federation, and State University of New York/Terra Genius Olympiad awards.

Wyse received a Superior, first place, in plant systems. She won the Catholic Order of Foresters and the US Air Force High School awards.

McWatters received a Superior, tying Skates for first place in animal systems. She also won the ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiative award.

Rupp earned a Superior, first place, in engineering materials. He received the US Metric Association, Intel Excellence in Computer Science, and the Governor’s Thomas Edison Excellence in Material Science awards, and placed second for the Kern Technology award.

Josh Bock, a junior, received a Superior, first place, in Behavior Science and second place in the ADAMhs Board award.

Madeline Shumaker, a freshman, received a Superior and the Water Health Environment Federation award.

Eighth Grade

Two eighth grade team projects and two individual projects were entered. Baden Skates and Dylan Rash earned a Superior, third place in plant systems and the Fern Kieffer Presentation award.

Clara Damman and Karsyn Hostetler received an Excellent and the Bartos Sustainability junior high award.

Pete Rupp received a Superior; Angie Rosillo received an Excellent.

All 12 plan to enter their projects at the Ohio Academy of Science District Science Day at the University of Toledo, Saturday, March 10.–D.J. Neuenschwander

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