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RMS students put scientific method to work
Riverton High School senior Lane Savage, right, listened to Riverton Middle School student Paige Kusel explain her project "Bacteria Alert" during last week's science fair at RMS. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

RMS students put scientific method to work

Jan 18, 2013 - From staff reports

Winners of the science fair's first round will advance to the West Regional Science Fair on Jan. 28 at Central Wyoming College.

Riverton Middle School students participated in the first round of science fair competition Thursday, Jan. 9, at the school.

The projects represented the diverse interests of the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders who created them. Some students chose to focus on finding the best insulation material, while others thought they would find out which sports drink is most effective. One team wanted to know which age group has the best short-term memory, and another cohort was curious about salt's effect on ice.

But despite their varied topics, all of the students were instructed to use the scientific process to come up with answers to their questions.

The posterboards describing their experiments were displayed Jan. 9 at the RMS library, where judges scrutinized each project to determine which would proceed to the West Regional Science Fair on Jan. 28 at Central Wyoming College. Winners were named in seven categories.

In the behavior and social sciences category, first place went to seventh-graders Kendra Cleveland and Mackenzie Kellner, second place went to sixth-graders Syonia Jordan and Jenice Mihelich, and third place went to seventh-graders Brennan Sullivan and Mit Patel.

In the medicine and health science category, first place went to sixth-graders Maci Post and Samantha Gaudern, and second place went to seventh-graders Taylenn Thompson and Jordan Lewis.

In the biochemistry/animal science category, first place went to seventh-graders Kaylie Gopp and Aspen Treber, second place went to seventh-graders Abby Lee and Caitlin Bedard, and third place went to seventh-grader Cassidy Cress.

In the microbiology category, first place went to eighth-graders Torin Perrett and Kyren Higgs, second place went to eighth-grader Ashlynd Ivie, and third place went to seventh-graders Tarissa Tynsky and Jessica Weber.

In the environmental management/mathematics/plant science category, first place went to seventh-grader Bryce Murdock. Seventh-graders Steven Makin and Michael Kraft took second place for their plant science project, and seventh-graders Celeste Ashdown and Kiersten Dorn took third place for their mathematics project.

In the chemistry category, first place went to seventh-graders Logan Alley and William Torgerson, second place went to sixth-grader Maddison Nipper, and second place went to sixth-grader Alex Williams.

In the physics category, first place went to eighth-grader Tayte Thomas, second place went to seventh-grader Talyn O'Neal, and third place went to eighth-grader Dane Lupher.

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