Eighth grader Winston Cornish was awarded the first place overall trophy in the Junior Division for his project entitled “Going to the Light: Part 2.” He tested different types of light bulbs of the same wattage to see which one would attract the fewest mosquitoes.
Eighth grader Braxton Sizemore was awarded the second place overall trophy in the Junior Division for his project entitled "The Effects of Constant Stimulus (Sound) on the Common Behavior of Zebrafish (Danio rerio)."
Junior Division ribbons include: 1st place - Winston Cornish, Elijah Humphries, Braxton Sizemore; 2nd place - Caroline Bass, Kendall Cullison, Nicholas Hall, Emily Sumner, Jocelyn Watson, Clyde Allen, Mallory Fletcher, Madeline Gainous, Tian Green, Carsyn Kelley, Isabella Pozo, Julianna Watson, Abigale White; 3rd place - Garrett Ledford, Arlisha Madison, Will Roberts, Jay Sanders, Thomas Butler, Maylon Cochran, Emmy Hayes, Corey Smith
Senior Division ribbons include: 1st place - Keisha Patel, Claudia White, Braxton Beckham; 2nd place - Sophie Barnes, Emily Dixon, Dane Dyksterhouse, Mason Wilson, Latatyana Hadley, Erin Quick, Morgan Savatgy; and 3rd place - Clayton Salter.
The top winners at the Regional Science Fair then go on to compete in the state competition. Students who go to the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair have the chance to share their original research with top scientists and to compete for awards and scholarships. The following students were invited to compete at the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair at the University of Georgia in March: Braxton Sizemore, Braxton Beckham, Elijah Humphries, Claudia White, Keisha Patel, Winston Cornish, and Abigale White. Alternates for state competition are: Clyde Allen and Dane Dyksterhouse.
All Scholars Academy sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth graders as well as MacIntyre Park Middle Schools AIMS students are required to complete a science fair project through their science classes. Preparation for the annual school-level academic competition began during the first weeks of school and culminated in December at the Thomasville City Schools Science Fair. Guests from surrounding schools and institutions served as judges at the fair.
All of the students’ projects were due a week before the local competition to allow time for class presentations, corrections, and grading before the competition. The date for the school-level competition was prior to Winter Break to facilitate transition and preparation for the Regional Science Fair competition in Tifton.
Science Fair is a competition that lets students showcase their original research, compete for awards, and meet and talk to professional scientists. Science Fair prepares students for success in the world by helping them transition into becoming problem solvers, critical thinkers, reflective learners, and influential members of their communities.
"The science fair provides a great opportunity for students to engage in a project that focuses on their own interests. Learning to manage a project of this size and scope requires students to be organized and plan ahead, and those are two skills all students need before moving on to greater things," said Jonathan Ariail, Scholars Academy Physical Science, AP Physics, and AP Environmental Science instructor as well as Director of the Thomasville City Schools Science Fair.
Scholars Academy seventh grade Life Science and high school Anatomy and Physiology instructor Christie Ariail helps students manage their time on the long-term project, which can be a learning experience for the younger students.
“Science Fair is good for competitive students because it’s an academic competition against peers with the same interests,” said Christie Ariail.
Scholars Academy Physical Science, Chemistry, and Advanced Placement Chemistry instructor Bethany Hayes says that when she gets students in the eighth grade, they are in their third year of competing and are prepared to succeed.
“Students come up with brilliant ideas for topics they are interested in, but some of those topics can’t realistically be tested. I try to guide them to pick a topic that is testable,” added Hayes.