SENECA – Seneca Grade School was rocking with school spirit earlier this week as the student body and staff cheered on students Taylor Vroman and Jennie Paulson, who were headed to the state science fair.
Paulson and Vroman are members of the extracurricular science club known as Science Alliance, according to a news release from the school. The purpose of this club is to encourage and guide further interest in the area of science. Throughout the school year, the students research and conduct science experiments, put together first-rate projects and compete 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 and Jennie when they earned first-place markings at the regional science fair held at Northern Illinois University in March. Over 400 students ranging from grades seventh through 12th competed at the regional fair for just over 100 sought-after spots to advance to the state fair. Paulson and Vroman each advanced.
Excitement filled the air as the best of the best junior scientists filed into the DeKalb convention center prepared and ready to thoroughly explain and sell their projects to the judges. This was Jennie’s first time at state; she placed earning a bronze award. It was Taylor’s second appearance at state. Taylor brought home a gold and a special award from the American Nuclear Society, which included a cash prize. The Illinois Junior Academy of Science awarded the Dr. Lyell J. Thomas Memorial Award to Seneca Grade School for supporting outstanding student research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at the IJAS exposition.