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Science fair proves to be a success

Four Seneca Grade students advance to regional science fair

“Science is the highest personification of the nation because that nation will remain the first which carries the furthest the works of thought and intelligence.” — Louis Pasteur

Seneca Grade School was rocking with school spirit Friday, Feb. 22, at the Seneca South Campus Science Fair.

Parents, members of the community and fellow Raiders cheered on the 22 students that participated in the fair. The event was an overwhelming success with awards being earned by all.

Among the exciting projects were “Popcorn Fever,” “Chlorine in Drinking Water,” “Barometric Pressure,” and “Chemiluminescence.” The judges agreed that the students’ projects were outstanding.

Prior to the general public viewing, students explained and demonstrated their projects before a panel of judges who determined the ratings and awarded ribbons based upon the qualification criteria.  Of course, not all demonstrations went as smoothly as planned, however, according to Thomas Edison, “Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do, doesn’t mean it’s useless.”

The awards ceremony was kicked off by emcees Paige Hepner and Taylor Vroman. 

The grand prize winners of the 2013 Seneca South Campus Science Fair were: Taylor Bushman, first place, Corrosion Explosion; Eve Odum, second place, Traction Action; Krista Eikleberry (Bacteria Growth) and Paige Hepner (Food Makes you Move), both in third place; and Taylor Vroman, fourth place, Chemiluminescence.

These young scientists were awarded ribbons and trophies. In addition, the grand prize winners will be treated to a special pizza lunch.

Seventh-grade students Taylor Bushman, Eve Odum, Paige Hepner and Taylor Vroman will advance to the regional science fair to be held Saturday, March 23 at Northern University in DeKalb, Ill.

Door prizes were also awarded and attendees enjoyed refreshments provided by the grade school cafeteria. 

All in all, it was an enjoyable learning process.

Ms. Morris expressed her gratitude for all the judges, helpers, administration, custodians, contributors, parents and students. 

“I am extremely proud of all the students.  They are all winners to me,” Morris said.

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