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Seneca seventh-graders win medals at state event

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 4:18 p.m. CDT
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Taylor Bushman, Taylor Vroman, Paige Hepner and science teacher Julie Yunker gather at the Illinois State Science Fair.

SENECA — Seneca Grade School was rocking with school spirit as fellow raiders and staff cheered on seventh-graders Taylor Bushman, Paige Hepner and Taylor Vroman, who headed Friday, May 3 to the state science fair. This was a first for Seneca.

Bushman, Hepner and Vroman are all members of the extracurricular club new to Seneca known as Science Alliance. The purpose of this club is to encourage and guide further interest in the area of science.  

Throughout the school year, the students researched and conducted science experiments, put together first rate projects and competed at the district level science fair with hopes of advancing to regional science fair and possibly even state. 

This dream became a reality for Taylor, Paige and Taylor when they earned first-place markings at the regional science fair held at Northern University  in March. Over 400 students ranging from grades 7-12 competed at the regional science fair for more than 100 sought-after spots to advance to the State Science Fair.

Bushman, Hepner and Vroman each advanced. Taylor Vroman fared well at regionals, earning best in category for biochemistry and earning a special award for which she will be competing for the Broadcom Masters in June. 

The best of the best junior scientists filed into the Allstate Arena Saturday, May 4, prepared and ready to thoroughly explain and sell their projects to the judges.

Representing Seneca well, these lady Raiders earned some of the highest rankings at state.

Taylor Bushman brought home a gold, Taylor Vroman brought home a gold and Paige Hepner brought home a silver. 

District 170 administration and school board will be recognizing the achievements of these young scientists at the May board meeting.

“These girls did an outstanding job,” Science Club Sponsor Julie Morris said. “ I am looking forward to working with them next year as eighth-graders.”

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