Five Payson students will represent the school district at the Arizona State Science and Engineering Fair, March 31 through April 2 at the Phoenix Convention Center.
Carm Locke, a Rim Country Middle School (RCMS) science teacher, said 11 students from Rim Country schools were chosen to participate in the state competition after winning the Gila County Regional Science Fair.
Seven schools participated in the Feb. 26 county fair in Miami — Payson, Globe, Tonto Basin, Young, Hayden-Winkelman, San Carlos, and Pine-Strawberry, said Holly Sow of the Gila County Superintendent’s Office.
“Projects were required to meet specific criteria in order to win first,” said Sow. “In all we had 95 projects from 127 students.”
A panel of distinguished judges, had to narrow the field to the 11 winners, said Sow.
Locke was thrilled with the results.
“Forty students, grade 6-12 scored placements at the local science fair to compete at the county this year,” said Locke of the Payson students.
Sow said, “Our judges were great and really put in a lot of time. All students will be receiving the written feedback from the judges next week.”
The 11 who won can modify their projects according to the judges’ recommendations prior to competing on the state level.
Each student in the county science fair had to pass a district level science fair first.
From sixth grade teacher Christina Cleary — First place going to state: Brinton Paulson in chemistry; Jack Windel in computer science; Anastasia Peters in plant sciences; Jesus Sanchez in earth and planetary; Michael Staudt in behavioral and social sciences.
Second place: Vanessa Vanzuela in physics; Lilly Thornhill in animal sciences; Victoria Mabb in cellular and molecular biology; Coby Carpenter environmental sciences.
From seventh grade teacher Carm Locke — Second place: Gage Ryden and Joe Kesterson, “How does surface area affect the rate of evaporation of water?”
Third place: Javier Tablas-Tapia, “How do bases and acids affect the growth of cat-grass?”
From seventh grade teacher Scott Davidson and mentors Wayne Gorry and Roy Matchco — First place going to state: Cole Tenney, Arielle O’Connor and Elly Schreur, “Can we determine the classification of a star and its temperature with a digital camera?”
From eighth grade teacher Marsha Fitzhugh — First place going to state: Bailey Wilson, behavior/social sciences, “Anamesis Game” (it is another word for memory).
Second place: Jacqueline Lopez, medicine/health, “How chocolate affects human vital signs”; Koy Duran and Brie Harrison, engineering, “Which fruit provides the highest voltage; lemons, apples or tomatoes?”; Jaycee Albert, Dylan Justice, Jason Bland, chemistry, “Dry Ice Bubbles.”