Big Walnut Intermediate School student scientists are on a roll.
Of the 42 fifth- and sixth-graders that rated superior during the Big Walnut science fair and advanced to Central District Science Day at Columbus State Community College, 13 are advancing to the May 14 State Science Day at Ohio State University.
“These kids have worked very hard to get to this point,” said intermediate school science teacher Rina Hoge. “There are two sixth-graders, Jenna Austin and Christopher Lee, who went to State Science Day last year as fifth-graders and had an outstanding experience.”
Hoge said Austin and Lee both earned superiors at State Science Day in 2015, so they have a good idea of what to expect; but it will be new territory for the 11 other intermediate school students going to state this year.
“Our current fifth-graders and sixth-graders who have never attended an academic competition of this scope will have an opportunity to witness other students from around the state of Ohio and see what they have accomplished by competing in Science Day,” Hoge said. “Their accomplishments this year are just amazing, but what I love most of all is hearing their project plans for what they’ll do for next year’s science fair projects.”
Attending State Science Day on May 14 will be Big Walnut Intermediate fifth-graders Alayna Boyer, Ethan Swager, Aleksander Murnieks, Collin Noble (alternate), Josie Gochenour, Cristian Salloum and Garrett Osborne.
Sixth-graders are Jenna Austin, Abbey Danne, Christopher Lee, Ben McKelvey and Molly Stewart (team project), and Savannah Smith.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093