By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Madison County Central School’s first science fair last week had almost 100 percent participation, said Rick Kazee of JDL Horizons, an education technology company, and for a first effort, it was “better than we expected.” Kazee, from Chicago, along with Karen Diaz of New York (also with JDL Horizons), has made several trips to Madison this past school year to assist the school with activities that will help it qualify for a grant to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.
Students had the option of working on projects individually or working with a team, and the projects encompassed everything from genetics to a homemade catapult constructed from spare tractor parts.
The MCCS winners are competing Friday, Feb. 25, in the regional science fair at North Florida Community College. Winners are:
Fourth Grade:First Place – Artheria Williams, JayKayla Fead, Tesha Aikens, Makeela Hawkins; Second Place – Christopher Halterman, John Vasquez, Dawson Hunt; Third Place – Demondre Davis, Corbin Brown, Daquarius Thompkins, Montarius Marshall; Honorable Mention, Zorreya Lee, Beyonce Pullens, Jordan Weatherspoon, Shane Green, Donya Farmer, Ashantis Graham, Dalquan Alexander, MaKaidah Johson, Darrian Moore Joycelyn Ford.
Fifth Grade: First Place – Cameron Motes; Second Place, Jamila Roberson, Desja Smiley, Denetra Lee; Third Place – Amber Bass, Ashton Terry; Honorable Mention – Virginia Gwinn, Sierra Powell.
Sixth Grade: First Place – Steven Walden, Pierce Minor, Jarrett Briggs, Brett Shipley, Dalton Lawhorn; Second Place – Tucker Cherry, Hunter Burt, Adam Androski, Jimmy Durst; Third Place: Marshun Adams, David Tijerina, Mondaira Weatherspoon, Jordan DuHart; Honorable Mention – Taurus Allen, Tyrone Jackson, Tyquan Broton, Juan Martinez, Imani Bolden.
Seventh Grade: First Place – Corey Brandies, Toshanna Anderson, Nicholas Jonas; Second Place, Jordan Thigpen, Jacob Makowski, Bethany Greenwood, Zamaury Page; Third Place – Kaitlyn Farnell, Roxanna Whitman, Faith Siplin, Luke Herring, Kay Scurry; Honorable Mention – Shanquez Mitchell, Shaquan Siplin, Sanchez Turner, Asia Smith.
Eighth Grade: First Place – Jacob Moore; Second Place – Zori Rezendiz, Anna Robinson, Tyler Bartow, Tara Gill, Courtney Bailey, Katlynn MaGuire; Third Place – Andrew Strom; Honorable Mention – (Three separate projects) 1. Miranda McCamman, Charles Fulmer, Brittany Bailey; 2. Courtney Bailey; 3. Ashley Ragans, Krystal Tojeiro, Kylie Greenlee, Brianna Hodge, Taylor Killingsworth.
Fourth grade, First Place: Artheria Williams, JayKayla Fead, Tesha Aikens and Makeela Hawkins.
Second place: “Does a Magnet’s Size Affect Its Strength?” Christopher Halterman, John Vazquez and Dawson Hunt.
Third place: “Which Color Absorbs the Most Light?” Demondre Davis, Corbin Brown, DaQuarius Thompkins and Montarius Marshall
Honorable Mention: “The Apple Project” Zorreya Lee, Beyonce Pullens, Jordan Weatherspoon, Shane Green, Donya Farmer and Darrian Moore. Not pictured – Makaida Johnson.
(All in a row, left to right) First place: “The Wetter the Better” Cameron Motes; Second place: “Sugar Crystals” Jamila Roberson, Desja Smiley and Denetra Lee; Third place: “To Leak or Not to Leak” Amber Bass and Ashton Terry.
Honorable Mention: “Which Paper Recycles Easier?” - Virginia Gwinn and Sierra Powell.
First place: “What About Erosion?” - Steven Walden, Pierce Minor, Jarrett Briggs, Brett Shipley and Dalton Lawhorn.
Second place: “Different Soils with Different Qualities.” Tucker Cherry, Hunter Burt, Adam Androwski and Jimmy Durst.
Third place: “Let’s Have Fun With Chemical Weathering.” Marshun Adams, David Tijerina, Mandaira Weatherspoon and Jordan Duhart.
Honorable Mention: “Different Types of Soil.” Taurus Allen, Tyquan Broton and Juan Martinez. Not pictured – Tyrone Jackson and Imani Baldwin.
First place: “Light and the Eye.” Corey Brandies, Toshanna Anderson and Nicholas Jonas.
Second place: “Color Absorption.” Jordan Thigpen, Jacob Makowski, Bethany Greenwood and Zamaury Page.
Third place: “Eternal Rainbow.” Kaitlyn Farnell, Roxanna Whitman, Faith Siplin, Luke Herring and Kay Scurry.
Honorable Mention: “Ice Cubes.” (Standing, back) Shanquez Mitchell, Shaquan Siplin and Sanchez Turner. (Front, seated) Asia Smith.
First place: “So You Think Your Hands are Clean.” Jacob Moore.
Second place: “DNA Extraction.” (Back row) Courtney Bailey, Katlynn McGuire and Tara Gill. (Front) Zori Resendiz. Not pictured – Anna Robinson and Tyler Bartow.
Third place: “Archimedes Squeeze. ”Andrew Strom.
Honorable Mention: “How Much Salt to Float an Egg?” Miranda McCammon, Charles Fulmer and Brittainy Bailey.
Honorable Mention: “Fingerprints.” (Back row) Katlynn McGuire, Courtney Bailey and Tara Gill. (Seated in front) Zori Resendiz.
Honorable Mention: “Blood Spatter.” Krystal Tojeiro, Briana Hodges, Ashley Ragans and Kylie Greenlee.