Judges at the Pettisville Schools local science fair awarded 20 superior ratings, including four to high school students and 16 to junior high school students.
The Science Fair, held Saturday, Feb. 11, featured 61 projects. It was the first held in the new theater area.
The annual event is organized by Donna Meller and Paul Bishop, Pettisville science teachers, and John Poulson, agriculture education teacher. The research papers that are required also are part of the students’ English coursework.
Projects involved developing a testable question for which students develop a hypothesis, review literature related to the problem, design an experiment to test the hypothesis, analyze data collected, and draw conclusions from the data.
There were 28 volunteer judges from the area, including educators and professionals involved in various science fields.
Students presented their project as a display along with their research paper and logbook of their work. They also prepare an oral presentation for the judges and answer questions.
PHS students receiving superior ratings were Taylor Kruse, a senior; Chrysta Beck, a sophomore; Sarah Plassman and Hannah Meller, freshmen.
Pettisville junior high students receiving superiors were Amber Klopfenstein, Andrea Aeschliman, Claire Foor, Evan Rufenacht, Evan King, Kyle Lantz, Mallory Riegsecker, Matthew Krill, Stuart Yoder, Andrew Sauder, Elizabeth Miller, Justin Nofziger, Natalie Hoffmire, Taylor Herschberger, Kate Kauffman, and Laura Gerken.
Project topics ranged from “The Effect of Solar Cooker Volume on Its Internal Temperature” (Rufenacht), The Effect of Highlight Use on Test Scores” (Herschberger), “Comparison of Meat Quality of Rabbit Meat to Other Domestic Meats”( Kruse), and “The Effect of Different Genres of Music on the Time to Complete a Logic Puzzle” (Miller).
Those receiving a superiors are eligible to present their projects at the Northwest Ohio Regional Science Fair at Northwest State Community College, Saturday, March 3, and the Ohio Academy of Science Northwest Ohio District Science Day at the University of Toledo, Saturday, March 10.
They can also enter their projects at the Ohio Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposium at Bowling Green State University at the end of March.
Some projects also are presented at the Agriscience Fair at the Ohio FFA Convention in May.
It has not been determined how many students will present their projects at the advanced competitions.– D.J. Neuenschwander