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Three students, Sylvie Wilson, Shelby Dalton, Ashton Sigler (L to R), won environmental science awards at the Southeastern Ohio Science Fair, held in Ohio University Clippinger Laboratories on March 14, 2015.

Voinovich School presents awards at regional science fair

by Hannah Koerner
May 6, 2015

Students from eight counties submitted 120 projects in the Southeastern Ohio Science Fair, held in Ohio University’s Clippinger Laboratories on March 14.

The fair was open to students in grades 5 through 12 from Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Meigs, Morgan, Ross, and Vinton counties. The top project winner, Nathanael Joshua Freeman, will be sent to the International Science and Engineering Fair for his presentation “The Viability of Electric Arc Propulsion.” Freeman, a junior at Zane Trace High School in Chillicothe, also won the Navy Award and the Yale Science and Engineering Association Award at the science fair. He earned a medal and certificate for both awards, as well as a $50 cash prize from the Navy Award.

The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs presented three environmental sciences awards in the amount of $150 each. 

The first of these awards went to Sylvie Wilson, an eighth grader from Athens Middle School, whose project examined the effects of acid mine drainage on microbial life in streams.

Shelby Dalton received the second award for a presentation on a continuing project on the impact of industry effluents on receiving streams. Dalton, a junior from Rock Hill High School, has worked on the project for five years with the help of the lab at the John C. Howard Water Treatment Plant.

Fifth grader Ashton Siglar from Unioto Elementary School was awarded the third environmental science prize for his work comparing the water quality of tap water to that of bottled water.

The event was funded by a grant from the American Electric Power Foundation to introduce middle and high school students to the university’s science and watershed research. The Appalachian Watershed Research Group also contributed, with faculty providing guidance, equipment, and mentorship to participating students. University College, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity, the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, the College of Health Sciences and Professions, and the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine sponsored the fair.

For more information, visit the Southeastern Ohio Science Fair’s website.