Goessel science fair draws more than 80 entries

The third annual science fair for Goessel junior high and high school students drew more than 80 project entries and 200 guests at the open house last Thursday.

The contest, organized by instructor Claire Overstake, is based on guidelines developed by the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Serving as judges for the contest were area a panel of area experts: professors Bruce Heyen and Tim Richmond and some of their Tabor College students; John Bergen, Goessel instructor; and Overstake?s parents, Keith and Betty Brewer.

In the high school division, first place went to Sierra Dirksen and Weston Hiebert for their surface tension experiment; second place went to Isaac Fast and Hayden Goerzen for their electromagnet project; and third place went to Georgia Thiesen and Tia Goertzen for their caffeine study.

Honorable mentions were awarded to: Hannah Franzen, Derek Kruger, Lukas Kemke and Michelle Unruh for their friction experiment; Evan Hiebert, Karis Janzen and Mac Kershner for their Tesla coil project; Kaley Brown, Nicole Bartel and Marlaena Gridley for their genetics study; and Johanna Rumler, Kendra Flaming and Stefan Reich for their microbiology project.

In the junior high division, first place went to Kellen Froese for his study on effective baits for live trapping; second place went to Ben Wiens, for his study of the effect of a vacuum on fruit; and third place was award to Hannah Miller for her study of yeast.

Honorable mentions were awarded to Anna Wiens, Zach Wiens, Erin Brubaker, Mark Schmidt, Alicen Meysing, Reece Hiebert, Gentry Thiesen, Lucas Hiebert, Keenan Stultz and Kylee Unruh.

All students who placed or who were awarded honorable mentions are eligible to compete in the regional science fair competition at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson March 6.

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