Fifty-one I-SS students advance to regional science fair

Posted at 4:25 PM on Jan 14, 2019


PHOTO: Third-grade students Tatum Fortner and Riley Taylor discuss their science fair project at the districtwide science fair. They received first-place for their project and will advance to the regional science fair on Feb. 2.


Fifty-one Iredell-Statesville Schools students have been selected to advance to the regional science fair competition on Feb. 2. The 2018 student winners are:

Elementary School Science Fair Winners

• Jack Taylor, of Cool Spring Elementary, “Which type of free and clear laundry detergent cleans towels the best?”
• Riley Taylor and Tatum Fortner, of East Iredell Elementary, “WASH THOSE HANDS”
• Tarun Duraipandi, of Lake Norman Elementary, “Is your drink harming your body?”
• Gavin Barnette, of Scotts Elementary, “Rethink your drink”
• Athrun Saake, of Woodland Heights Elementary, “Paper Airplanes”
• Taylor Sowers, Laila Zsarmani and Kelsey Brown, of Celeste Henkel, “What liquid will make metal rust faster?”
• Carter Pearsall, of Cloverleaf Elementary, “Catching Stardust”
• Reilly Smith and Dylan Morrison, of Harmony Elementary, “The Toothpaste Test”
• Nicholas Moore, Briley Smith and Ethan Nance, of Lake Norman Elementary, “Magnet Tropism”
• Elizabeth Jenkins, of Third Creek Elementary, “Can a Magnet and a Battery Make a Piece of Copper Wire Rotate?”
• Gage Goodnight, of Union Grove Elementary, “Citrus Clock”
• Carli Dixon, of Woodland Heights Elementary, “Effects of salt water on plant growth”
• Pari Patel, of Cloverleaf Elementary, “Solar Oven”
• Ridley Miller, of Coddle Creek Elementary, “Do Dogs Have a Favorite Color?”
• Kaitlin Winkley, of Cool Spring Elementary, “Candy Rocks! What type of sugars grow the best crystals for rock candy?”
• Sarah McCluskey, of Lakeshore Elementary, “Look on the Green side of things”
• Laila Wigginton, of Lakeshore Elementary, “An Apple A Day, the Freshest Way”
• Mason Todd and Koah Fernandez, of Scotts Elementary, “S.B.F. (Slowest Burning Fabrics)”

Secondary Science Fair Winners

• Milo Goodrich and Wesley Timm, of East Iredell Middle, “How fertilizers effects plant growth”
• Amberlynn VanHouten, of East Iredell Middle, “Farm Fresh vs. Store bought eggs”
• Samuel Williams, of North Iredell Middle, “Extracting DNA from an onion”
• Jocelyn Mills, of Mt. Mourne Middle, “What drinks stain your teeth?”
• Esha Shah, of Lake Norman High, “Watch your Sleep”
• Alana Driver, of Mt. Mourne Middle, “Moisture Madness”
• Brandon Moore, of Mt. Mourne Middle, “Catching Fire”
• Aida Saake, of Mt. Mourne Middle, “Putting the ‘Bubble’ in Bubblegum”
• John Driver, of South Iredell High, “Best Electrode Combination for Maximum Voltage of Galvanic Cell at Different Temperatures”
• Dexton Howell Davis, of Brawley Middle, “A Pop of ECO”
• Carson Campbell, of South Iredell High, “What is the best method for limiting the effects of eutrophication?”
• Noyonika Parui and Niharika Parui, of Mt. Mourne Middle, “Hurricane Shields”
• Lacie Evans, of East Iredell Middle, “Paper Again and Again”
• Maggie Martin (Katie) and Lily Goforth, of Northview Middle, “The Effect of Temperature on Magnets”
• Adason Buoniconti and Aubrey Eberfield, of Brawley Middle, “All Net”
• Harrison Nance, of Mt. Mourne Middle, “Will it float?”
• Tayshon Harris and Zachary Church, of West Iredell Middle, “Sir Isaac’s Lego”
• Chloris Wong, of Brawley Middle, “Flying Helicopter”
• Arjun Saminathan, of Mt. Mourne Middle, “Do Screens really damage your eyes?”
• Peyton Woods and Skyler Bolin, of East Iredell Middle, “What is draining your cellphone battery?”

Students in elementary, middle and high school displayed their science fair projects in November during the annual districtwide event.

Winners received gold, silver and bronze medals for their experiment-based projects in seven categories from physics to technology.

Kelly Hinson, director of Gifted Learning, International Baccalaureate and Online programs for I-SS, has been a part of the event for a long time and said the process of learning through personal projects helps students to become more involved in scientific inquiry.

“The science fair is a great way to add rigor to a student’s classroom instruction and build communication skills,” Hinson said. “Through this learning opportunity, students are allowed a chance to often investigate a problem that interests them and see what they learn in the classroom work in a real-world situation.”

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