Pettisville students, including three eighth graders, a sophomore, and a junior, did well in recent science competitions.
Chrysta Beck, a junior, earned awards at events both in Ohio and Phoenix, Ariz.
Beck was one of 1600 students worldwide nominated to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair, May 12-17, in Phoenix.
Her project involved a comparative study of the quality of chicken meat.
Donna Meller, Pettisville science teacher, said Beck is the first Pettisville student to place at ISEF since 1997, although several Pettisville students have had the opportunity to compete since then.
State Science Day
At the Ohio Academy of Science State Science Day, Saturday, May 11, at Ohio State University, Beck and Jacob Dennis, an eighth grader, earned superior ratings from the judges.
Beck earned two scholarship offers: a $20,000 scholarship to Kenyon College, renewable for an additional three years, for a total value of $80,000, and a $17,500 scholarship offer to The College of Wooster.
Beck received second place in the Buckeye Scholar Award, which included a $250 cash prize, and a Statistical Scholar Award, which included a book and certificate.
Dennis earned a perfect score and was awarded third place in the Ohio Soybean Bioscience Awards, which included a $250 cash prize.
He was also nominated by the Ohio Academy of Science for the Broadcom MASTERS competition, an international science fair competition for junior high students.
MASTERS stands for Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering Rising Stars.
The national finals is in Washington, D.C., in the fall.
Three other students, Dustin Nofziger, a sophomore, and Seth Brakefield and Gabe Beck, eighth graders, received Excellent ratings.
Nofziger also received an honorable mention in the Food Science division. The award includes a one-time $2000 scholarship to Ohio State University if he attends there and declares food science as his major.
All had previously competed at the local and district levels in order to qualify for the state event.
Their projects are supervised by Pettisville science and agriculture teachers, and the research papers are also included as part of the English curriculum.–D.J. Neuenschwander