The science fair at Big Walnut High School is always a popular event with both students and their families. While students set up their project boards, family and friends wandered among this year’s 121 projects created by 129 students in grades 5 through high school.
Of note was the participation of more than 100 grade 5 and 6 students from Big Walnut Intermediate School. Of 49 Big Walnut students who earned superior ratings with their projects Feb. 4 and qualified to advance to Central District Science Day on Saturday, March 19, at Columbus State Community College, 20 were intermediate school fifth-graders and 21 were sixth-graders.
Five Big Walnut Middle School students earned superiors — three seventh-graders and two eighth-graders. One Big Walnut High School freshman earned a superior, as did two juniors.
Big Walnut High School science teacher Matt Wallschlaeger said students who receive a superior at Central District Science Day qualify to participate in the State Science Day competition at Ohio State University in May where money and scholarships are awarded for top projects.
“Abbie Myers was awarded $100 for her work in water quality, scoring a perfect 80,” Wallschlaeger said. “$75 came from the Delaware Soil and Water District for the best soil and water research in our local science fair.”
Wallschlaeger said high school juniors Abbie Myers and Madison Aleshire, and freshman Faith Myers, are all attending this year’s Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at Bowling Green State University in March, before the Central District Science Fair.
“While at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Abbie, Madison and Faith will be grilled by a panel of judges to try to earn hundreds of dollars for their work,” Wallschlaeger said. “Top winners in this competition will win $2,000 and a chance to compete nationally.
“Two students, Faith and Abbie Myers, are going to the American Junior Academy of Science conference in Washington, D.C., for their outstanding work in science fair,” Wallschlaeger added. “It’s an honor to be part of this conference and be recognized by this outstanding organization.”
Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.