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Seven Students Advance to State Science Day Finals

Group photo from Science Day

Group photo from Science DaySeven Ottawa Hills High School students are advancing to the State Science Day finals after strong performances this weekend in district competition. Each student’s project scored at the highest level – Superior – as judged by scientists. The students, their projects, and awards received are:

  • Priya Bhatt (grade 11) earned a Superior rating for her “Wound Healing” project; she also won the “Mercy Health Award.”
  • Will Berschback (9) earned a Superior rating for his “The Effect of a Soccer Ball's Pressure on Bounce Height" project.
  • Pram Koirala (9) earned a Superior rating for her “Solar Cell Alternative Energy” project. Pram also earned both the “Governor’s Thomas Edison Award” and “Outstanding Physics Award.” Pram also is an alternate for the Buckeye Science & Engineering Fair in Columbus March 30.
  • Ava Porter (9) and Amanda O’Loughlin (9) earned a Superior rating for their “Brain Freeze” project. They also won the “Outstanding Project in Biology Award.”
  • Elise Denk (9) and Faith Seo (9) earned a Superior rating for their “pH of Bottled Water and Taste” project.

Because of their achievements at the Northwest Ohio District 2 Science Day (hosted at the University of Toledo), these students now advance to the state finals May 11 in Columbus.

To earn a Superior rating, students needed to earn minimum of 36 points across five categories: knowledge achieved; effective use of scientific method or technological design; clarity of expression; originality; and creativity. The other rating categories were “Excellent,” “Good,” and “Satisfactory.”

In other award categories, senior Abigail Berk won the “Cell Biology Award” for best cell biology presentation for her “Mitosis and Cancer” project.  Overall, Ottawa Hills students won more than $300 in cash prizes.

Other OH students competing were Teddy Perozek (9), Max Chandar-Kouba (8), Ashim Dhakal (9), Adam Berk (9), Owen Green (9), Alex Mian (8), Sara Wheeler (9), Molly McCracken (9), Elizabeth Lathrop (8), and Annika Padhye (8).

Students were mentored by Ottawa Hills science teacher Jeremy Nixon and given additional feedback from judges last month at the district’s local science fair. Many thanks to Mr. Nixon for coordinating our local science fair. (All OH students competing were in either Mr. Nixon’s Biology or Scientific Research class.)

The Northwest Ohio District 2 Science Day (NWDSD) competition was for students in grades 5-12 from one of eight northwest Ohio counties: Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Williams, and Wood. The students were eligible based upon performances in local science fairs, which had to adhere to Ohio Academy of Science standards.

NWDSD is one of 17 science districts in the state and is governed by the Junior Academy Council of the Ohio Academy of Science governs. The Junior Academy Council sets the quotas for students who can compete in State Science Day and rules for entries and judging criteria.

More information: https://www.utoledo.edu/nsm/envsciences/camp/

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