Secondary Education

Garrett County Middle School Science & Engineering Fair

Last Updated on May 6, 2015 at 4:33pm | Secondary Education

This year’s Garrett County 8th Grade Science Fair was held on May 5, 2015 at Hickory Environmental Center from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Over 70 projects were displayed in 6 competition categories.  Student projects were set up by 10:00 a.m. and judging in all categories took place after a welcome and introduction by Supervisor of College and Career Readiness, Y. Michelle Harman.  Students were interviewed by a number of judges and presented their research in front of their project displays.  Reports, abstracts, data, and project journals were presented, as well as any research materials or equipment. 
Following the interview process, students were dismissed for lunch at Northern Middle School while judges were served lunch at Hickory Environmental Education Center.
While the judges completed project evaluations and rankings, students were treated to a Planetarium Show by Mr. Jason Shank, HEEC Administrator.  A brief awards ceremony was held at the day’s conclusion and students returned to their respective schools. 
The judges for the event included Mrs. Toni Barefoot, MSN, RN, BC, Mrs. Debbie Brenneman, HEEC Instructor, Mr. Frank Fitzwater, Retired Engineer, Mr. Gary Galloway, Former GCPS Principal, Ms. Y. Michelle Harman, Supervisor CCR, Dr. Phil Lauver, Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services, Mr. Ian Brenneman, Mr. Colton Houser, Ms. Allison Paul, Ms. Claudia Rieve, Ms. Jenna Ruggiero, Mr. Trevor Schrock, and Ms. Jinny Warn.  Assistance was provided throughout the day by Mr. Jason Shank, Mr. Daymond Schmuck, and Mrs. Sharon Hoover as well as science instructors Mrs. Jessica Lieberman, Ms. Katelyn O’Brien, Mrs. Ardra Sharpless and Northern Middle staff and administration. 
Winners in each category along with abbreviated project titles were as follows:

1st – Moon Phases by Sydney Corley
2nd – Stream Insects and Japanese Knotweed by Dylan McCann
3rd – Bacteria on Common Objects by Dustin Green
HM – Rotting Food by Aislinn Sweeney

1st – The Perfect Cup by Noah Aiken
2nd – Hot Topic by Laurel Plitnik
3rd – Water and Surface Area by Mason Hordubay
HM – Chemical Weathering of Rocks by Jenna Griffith
1st – Road Chem. & Salt on Water by Brandon Hill
2nd – Something Fishy by Sam Beeman
3rd – pH in Well and Tap Water by Cassandra Baker
HM – Simple Water Filters by Aaron Graham
1st - To Stop or Not to Stop by Hayden McLaughlin
2nd – Hears the Pitch by David Mock
3rd – Colors and Your Body by Emily Brobst
HM – Memory – Sight and Sound by Peyton Missimer

1st Wood Strength by Joe Custer
2nd – Calling the Shot by Natalie Guingrich
3rd  - Which is Better Deer Rifle by Wesley Dixon
HM – Running Surface by Jace Guy

1st  - Sun-sational Protection by Lauren Derato
2nd – Music = Money by McKenna Houser
3rd – The Ultimate Paper Towel by Madison Richard
HM – Keeping It Fresh by Ana Rhoten
1st – The Perfect Cup by Noah Aiken
2nd – Sun-sational Protection by Lauren Derato
3rd – Stream Insects and Japanese Knotweed by Dylan McCann
High School students who participated in the INTEL Regional Science Fair in Pittsburgh, PA in March and students who participated in the 8th grade fair have been invited to participate in a field trip on May 14, 2015 to the International ISEF in Pittsburgh for a Community Outreach Day sponsored by The Carnegie Science Center and The Society for Science of Washington, DC.  For more information about any of these events, please contact Michelle Harman at
Mr. Aiken’s project investigated the perfect water temperature to achieve the ideal pH in a French press coffee maker.  He designed a mechanism to deliver a consistent force to the press as he adjusted water temperatures, eventually finding the perfect temperature range.  Ms. Derato investigated the SPF ratings of sunscreens and their UV protection or blocking capacities.  Mr. McCann’s project focused on stream insects and their eating preferences based upon a selection of leaf litter presented to them. 
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