Friday, April 22, 2016

Science Fair Winners

State Science Fair Award Winners

Nine students from Genoa-Hugo School represented East Central Regional Science Fair at the 2016 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair held earlier this month.

The students were recognized for excellence in science during an award ceremony held Friday evening, April 8 with awards exceeding $9,000 in value.

Tyler Higgins, a seventh grader, did a project involving the production of bio-diesel using spent vegetable oil from Gene’s Family Kitchen in Hugo. He placed fourth in the Junior Division Energy Category, taking home $25 and a certificate. 

Tarra Miller, a sixth grader, did a project titled Does Different Eye Color Affect the Way Someone Sees in the Dim Light.  Special thanks go to middle school students at Genoa-Hugo School who participated in this investigation. Tarra was recognized by SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics, with a certificate and a $50 check. 

Michaela Ravenkamp, a sixth grader, made multiple trips to the stage with numerous awards. She was first recognized by the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining & Safety receiving the Outstanding Earth Science Award which included a certificate and $75. 

Michaela was also recognized by the Colorado Scientific Society winning an Excellence in Geology Award which included a certificate and $75. Her project on farm micro-climates was then recognized by the Soil & Water Conservation Society Colorado Chapter with the Natural Resource Conservation Award which included a certificate and $100.

Michaela was further recognized by NASA with an Outstanding Achievement in Earth Systems Science Award which included a certificate. She placed second in the Junior Division Earth & Space Sciences Category, taking home another $75. and a certificate. Lastly, Michaela received a nomination to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS national competition, a first for Genoa-Hugo science students. 

High School Freshman Alia Kraxberger was recognized for her project titled Open or Covered vs. Aerodynamics with an Honorable Mention Award in Senior Division Energy Category. For her work, Alia received a one-year resident tuition and fees scholarship worth approximately $9,000 to Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo. 

Sponsors for Genoa-Hugo Science Fair include high school science teacher Mrs. Marguerite Yowell and middle school science teacher Mr. Will Mallory. The financial support of Genoa-Hugo School District for student work in scientific inquiry is greatly appreciated by students, their families, and teachers.

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