Big Walnut High School doesn’t seem to have the numbers of science fair participants as a decade or two ago, but when today’s high school students do prepare and show a science fair project their performance is nothing short of superior – literally.
Senior Abbie Myers, junior Madison Aleshire and sophomore Faith Myers each scored superior at Central District Science Day at Columbus State Community College on March 19.
According to high school science teacher Matt Wallschlaeger, the three students came home with a lot more than superior ratings.
Faith Myers received the advanced materials/nanotechnology award, including $50, for her research project on “Ammonium Nitrate vs. Urea: Concentration Effects in Instant Cold Packs.”
Abbie Myers, Faith’s older sister, received a young scientist award and the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers’ award, along with $250, for her project on “Arctic Oil Spill Clean-Up: Light vs. Heavy Oil.”
Aleshire won a young scientist award and $200 for her work in “Water Quality in Aquaponics Systems.”
Wallschlaeger said only five young scientist awards were given at the event – and two went to Abbie Myers and Alshire.
“These ladies have done a great job competing with some of the best research projects in the state this year,” Wallschlaeger said. “At the Ohio Junior Science and Humanities competition at Bowling Green on March 17 and 18, Faith Myers presented a poster on her work against 70 other poster projects.
“In addition, at that same symposium, both Maddie Aleshire and Abbie Myers defended their work in front of six experts in the field of science under great pressure, even by adult standards,” Wallschlaeger said. “A day later, all three went to Columbus State Science Day, each one winning awards with very little sleep. They are hard workers and very smart kids.”
The three students are not finished. They will show their research on May 14 at State Science Day on the campus of Ohio State University, where they will compete with more than 1,000 other students from around Ohio for more than 100 sponsored awards.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093