Three Pettisville students advanced to the super judging round of the Northwest Ohio Regional Science and Engineering Fair Saturday, March 3, at Northwest State Community College.
Of approximately 150 junior high and high school students who presented projects, 10 were from Pettisville.
Advancing to super judging were Taylor Kruse, a PHS senior; Hannah Meller, a freshman; and Evan King, an eighth grader.
Kruse, who was third overall, studied the quality of rabbit meat in comparison to other domestic meats.
Kruse received a superior rating, placed first in high school animal science, and received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Agriculture and Food Science.
Meller’s project was called “The Effect of Various Worm Casting Application on the Growth of Solanum lycopersicum.”
She was fourth overall, received a superior rating, was first in plant science, and was awarded the Knights of Columbus Plant Science Award.
Kruse and Meller were selected as student observers to attend the International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pa., in May.
King placed in the top four among junior high students with a project titled “The Effect of Temperature on Battery Life.”
He received a superior rating, placed second in junior high engineering and energy, and earned the Broadcam Masters Award.
Other Pettisville students who competed, their ratings and awards:
•Sophomores: Chrysta Beck and Trisha Cousino, excellents.
•Freshmen: Sarah Plassman, superior.
•Eighth grade: Hannah Hoops, excellent, US Army award; Jaelyn Rufenacht, excellent, first place microbiology, US Army award, Air Force award-second place; Rebekah Steele, excellent, US Navy award; Rebekah Tilley, excellent, honorable mention-Engineering and Material Science, ASM International Material Science Award, US Navy Award.
Next is the Ohio Academy of Science District competition at the University of Toledo on Saturday, March 10.–D.J. Neuenschwander