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Poland students excel at Regional Science Fair

March 23, 2019




Six Poland students posing together at the Utica College Regional Science Fair


Poland Central School District students pose for a group photo on Saturday, March 23, at the 41st annual Utica College Regional Science Fair. From left, in front: Nathan Draper, Mason Salvatore, Sara Borner, Ryann Dunn and Ella Schmid. In back: Seth Walther.





UTICA – Poland Central School District students won the most awards of any school to participate in the recent Utica College Regional Science Fair.

All six Poland students who participated in the Regional Science Fair won awards. Poland students won two of the three Grand Championship level awards and took home more category and special awards than any other school.

In total, 76 students from nine school districts participated in the 41st annual Regional Science Fair on Saturday, March 23, at Utica College.

Poland students qualified for the Regional Science Fair from success during the Poland Central School Science Fair on Thursday, March 7, when 60 awards and $3,025 in prizes were handed out.

At the Regional Science Fair, Poland students won the following awards:

Mason Salvatore:

  • Junior Level Grand Champion ($500 Scholarship to Utica College for one year and a trophy)

  • Junior Level – Natural Science First Place ($75)

  • Maijka Social Science Award

Sara Borner:

  • Senior Level Runner-Up Grand Champion (half tuition scholarship to Utica College for one year and a trophy)

  • Senior Level – Math/Computer/Engineering First Place ($75)

  • Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Award ($100)

  • ASM Materials Education Foundation Award

  • Association for Women Geoscientists

  • Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award

  • NOAA Pulse of the Planet Award

Seth Walther:

  • Junior Level – Natural Science Fourth Place

  • Doc Aaronson BioChem Award

Ryann Dunn:

  • Senior Level – Natural Science Second Place ($50)

  • American Psychological Association Award

Ella Schmid:

  • Senior Level – Math/Computer/Engineering Second Place ($50)

  • Norman P. Bernstein Electronics Award

Nathan Draper:

  • Senior Level – Math/Computer/Engineering Third Place ($25)

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award

  • Ricoh Corporation Award

  • The Dr. Nelson Ying Scholar Competition ($500)

  • Symposium On Energy In the 21st Century Award (invitation to their conference)




    Student Mason Salvatore holding a trophy and certificate by Utica College podium

Poland Central School District student Mason Salvatore poses with his Junior Level Grand Champion trophy on Saturday, March 23, at the 41st annual Utica College Regional Science Fair.





Student Sara Borner holding her Regional Science Fair trophy


Poland Central School District student Sara Borner poses with her Senior Level Runner-Up Grand Champion trophy and her project on Saturday, March 23, at the 41st annual Utica College Regional Science Fair.





Seth Walther holding certificate at Regional Science Fair


Poland Central School District student Seth Walther poses with a certificate on Saturday, March 23, at the 41st annual Utica College Regional Science Fair.





Student Ryann Dunn holding certificate in front of her project at Regional Science Fair


Poland Central School District student Ryann Dunn poses with a certificate and her project on Saturday, March 23, at the 41st annual Utica College Regional Science Fair.





Student Ella Schmid holding a Baymax toy that was part of her project at the Regional Science Fair


Poland Central School District student Ella Schmid poses with her project on Saturday, March 23, at the 41st annual Utica College Regional Science Fair.





Student Nathan Draper posing in front of his project at Regional Science Fair


Poland Central School District student Nathan Draper poses with his project on Saturday, March 23, at the 41st annual Utica College Regional Science Fair.





Poland students and others as three students holding grand champion level trophies


The Grand Champions - including two Poland students - pose for a photo with their trophies at the Utica College Regional Science Fair.





Mason Salvatore posing by a trophy and his project at Regional Science Fair


Poland student Mason Salvatore poses with his trophy and project at the Utica College Regional Science Fair.