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Students participate in 36th Annual Science Fair for record amount of donated prize money

March 7, 2024

Poland students pose with trophies at the 36th annual science fair. Some students are sitting, some are standing.

 

More than 70 students participated in the 36th annual Poland Central Schools Science Fair in the school gymnasium on March 7.

 

A record amount of prize money, $4,500, was donated for the fair.

 

Poland science teachers Kevin Ford and Jessica Meyer are appointed advisors for the science fair and manage the event.

 

Both said the fair was a success and helped lay the groundwork for students’ future.

 

“Science has the ability to spark curiosity and career paths,” said Meyer.

 

“I want them to look at the world and ask questions, and to investigate those questions in a scientific manner,” Meyer said, referring to all participants.

 

Judges, including science experts from the area, reviewed the projects from students in grades 7-11.

 

Each student entered into one of three categories: natural science, physical science and math/technology.

 

The judges reviewed the projects while considering six areas of criteria: creative ability, thoroughness, skill, clarity, knowledge and scientific method.

 

“We saw some of the more unique projects this year. I think that is connected to projects the students are interested in, said Meyer.

 

Gabe Broomfield, ‘13, has been a judge for several years. He said he still carries what he learned from the science fair with him.

 

“Presentation skills, preparing documents and information to make sure people understand is useful no matter the job. The science fair is definitely one of the most useful experiences,” Broomfield said.



A total of 104 awards were earned with junior-level awards going to students in grades 7 and 8 and senior-level awards going to grades 9-11. Some category award winners will have the opportunity to compete at the Utica College Regional Science Fair on March 23.

 

Alaina Meyer was named Grand Champion at the junior level with a project called “A Tough Egg to Crack.”

 

Jack Hoffman was named Grand Champion at the senior level with a project called “Pyomelanin Synthesis In P.Uticensis.”

 

Photos of all participants are at the end of the article.

 

First Name Last Name Title Level AWARD SPONSOR
Alaina Meyer A Tough Egg To Crack Junior Animal Science Award Ohio Ridge Riders Snowmobile Club
Julia Oczkowski Wiggle Butts or No Wiggle Butts Senior Animal Science Award Ohio Ridge Riders Snowmobile Club
Harper Hawkridge Can Biodegradable Hydrogels Help Conserve Water In Farming? Junior Botany Award George F. Aney
Grace McOwen Being The Creator Of My Own World Senior Botany Award George F. Aney
Bradley Hoffert Testing Plant Growth With Hydroponics And Soil Junior Conservation Award Perfex Corporation
Jordan Niemetz What's Your Angle? Senior Conservation Award Perfex Corporation
Dharma Martin Red Die Junior Daily Life Award American Legion Adirondack Post 1118
Cassariah Bronson Deep Breaths Senior Daily Life Award American Legion Adirondack Post 1118
Bradley Hoffert Testing Plant Growth With Hydroponics And Soil Junior Earth Science Award Snyder's Fuel
Kade Haver Can You Drink Your Water? Senior Earth Science Award Snyder's Fuel
Luci Virgil Keeping Fruit Fresh Junior Food Sciences Award The Alamo Bar & Grill
Cheyanne Gay How Will Oil Affect The Height Of Brownies Senior Food Sciences Award The Alamo Bar & Grill
Harper Hawkridge Can Biodegradable Hydrogels Help Conserve Water In Farming? Junior Future Applications Award Haver's Circle K
Emma Kraszewski Is Your Hair Protected? Senior Future Applications Award Haver's Circle K
Julia Metzgier The Water Boy Junior Health Award American Legion Adirondack Post 1118
Rylee Tabor Do People Wash Their Hands? Senior Health Award American Legion Adirondack Post 1118
Bradley Hoffert Testing Plant Growth With Hydroponics And Soil Junior Hydrology Award The Alamo Bar & Grill
Liana Vauruk Watering Plants With Various Liquids Senior Hydrology Award The Alamo Bar & Grill
Tyler Boyce Toothbrush Storer Junior Integrity in Inquiry Award Haver's Circle K
Cassariah Bronson Deep Breaths Senior Integrity in Inquiry Award Haver's Circle K
Harper Hawkridge Can Biodegradable Hydrogels Help Conserve Water In Farming? Junior Math/Technology Achievement Award T. Milo Construction
Jordan Niemetz What's Your Angle? Senior Math/Technology Achievement Award T. Milo Construction
Dax Coe Does It Sanitize? Junior Medical Award Kuyahoora Valley Ambulance Corp
Trinity Barnello Whipping Out the Wipes Senior Medical Award Kuyahoora Valley Ambulance Corp
Bradley Hoffert Testing Plant Growth With Hydroponics And Soil Junior Nature Award Adirondack Landscaping
Grace McOwen Being The Creator Of My Own World Senior Nature Award Adirondack Landscaping
Bentlee Roark What Types Of Music Have The Best Effect On Short Term Memory? Junior Originality Award PCS Student Council
Alexandra Deragon Audio Effects On Memory Senior Originality Award PCS Student Council
Cooper Farber Hello! Is Radiation There? Junior Physics Award Northern Safety & Industrial
Emma Kraszewski Is Your Hair Protected? Senior Physics Award Northern Safety & Industrial
Averie Loomis The Stages of Mold Junior Resilience Award Haver's Circle K
Jordan Niemetz What's Your Angle? Senior Resilience Award Haver's Circle K
Bradley Hoffert Testing Plant Growth With Hydroponics And Soil Junior Richard & R. Dale Braue Environmental Award The Braue-Travis Family
Grace McOwen Being The Creator Of My Own World Senior Richard & R. Dale Braue Environmental Award The Braue-Travis Family
Cooper Farber Hello! Is Radiation There? Junior Russell E. Price Memorial Award Perfex Corporation
Alexandra Deragon Audio Effects On Memory Senior Russell E. Price Memorial Award Kuyahoora Valley Ambulance Corp
Alaina Meyer A Tough Egg To Crack Junior Science Excellence Award American Legion Adirondack Post 1118
Jack Hoffman Pyomelanin Synthesis In P.Uticensis Senior Science Excellence Award American Legion Adirondack Post 1118
Bentley Mattox How Technology Affects Sleep And Quality Junior Scientific Innovation Award Poland Sand and Gravel
Grace McOwen Being The Creator Of My Own World Senior Scientific Innovation Award Poland Sand and Gravel
Madison Darrow Vanishing Color With Bleach Junior Scientific Methodology Award PCS Science Department
Kade Haver Can You Drink Your Water? Senior Scientific Methodology Award PCS Science Department
Harper Hawkridge Can Biodegradable Hydrogels Help Conserve Water In Farming? Junior STEM Communicator Award Haver's Circle K
Julia Oczkowski Wiggle Butts or No Wiggle Butts Senior STEM Communicator Award Haver's Circle K
Braden Haver What Is The Cleanest Drinking Water? Junior Student Choice Award PCS Student Council
Landon Rommel Which Paper Towel Absorbs Water The Best? Senior Student Choice Award PCS Student Council
Harper Hawkridge Can Biodegradable Hydrogels Help Conserve Water In Farming? Junior Agriculture Award Hometown Tree Service
Logan Lonis Seed Germination! Senior Agriculture Award Hometown Tree Service
Luci Virgil Keeping Fruit Fresh Junior Autenrith's Creativity Award W.E. Autenrith Sons, Inc.
Alexandra Deragon Audio Effects On Memory Senior Autenrith's Creativity Award W.E. Autenrith Sons, Inc.
Dharma Martin Red Die Junior Ben Hill Save Our Earth Award The Hill Family
Grace McOwen Being The Creator Of My Own World Senior Ben Hill Save Our Earth Award The Hill Family
Dharma Martin Red Die Junior Chemical Science Award Left Over Express, Inc.
Jared Young Metal-tricity Senior Chemical Science Award Left Over Express, Inc.
Alaina Meyer A Tough Egg To Crack Junior Data Visualization and Analysis Award Hometown Tree Service
Aurora Potter Smear Test Senior Data Visualization and Analysis Award Hometown Tree Service
Alaina Meyer A Tough Egg To Crack Junior Emerging Scientist Award GPO Federal Credit Union
Julia Oczkowski Wiggle Butts or No Wiggle Butts Senior Emerging Scientist Award GPO Federal Credit Union
Alyssa Bell Magic Eye Junior Human Anatomy and Performance Award Get A Grip Tires & Tire Repair
Cassariah Bronson Deep Breaths Senior Human Anatomy and Performance Award Get A Grip Tires & Tire Repair
Dax Coe Does It Sanitize? Junior Kenneth Young Memorial Award Rotary Club of Kuyahoora Valley
Julia Ossont What Drink Makes Plants Grow Tallest? Senior Kenneth Young Memorial Award Rotary Club of Kuyahoora Valley
Julia Metzgier The Water Boy Junior Metric Award The Alamo Bar & Grill
Jordan Niemetz What's Your Angle? Senior Metric Award The Alamo Bar & Grill
Dax Coe Does It Sanitize? Junior Microbiology Award George F. Aney
Jack Hoffman Pyomelanin Synthesis In P.Uticensis Senior Microbiology Award Get A Grip Tires & Tire Repair
Cooper Farber Hello! Is Radiation There? Junior Principal Ellsworth H. Buck Memorial Award Perfex Corporation
Julia Ossont What Drink Makes Plants Grow Tallest? Senior Principal Ellsworth H. Buck Memorial Award Perfex Corporation
Harper Hawkridge Can Biodegradable Hydrogels Help Conserve Water In Farming? Junior Ryan Winfield Braunlich Memorial Award Jeffery Hazard and The Family of Ryan W. Braunlich
Grace McOwen Being The Creator Of My Own World Senior Ryan Winfield Braunlich Memorial Award The Family of Ryan W. Braunlich
Harper Hawkridge Can Biodegradable Hydrogels Help Conserve Water In Farming? Junior Scientific Data Award Assured Information Security (AIS)
Noah Lamphere Diaper Dilemma Senior Scientific Data Award Assured Information Security (AIS)
Trinity Lyman The Energy That Never Goes Out Of Style Junior Talk The Talk and Walk The Walk Award Finn Morrissey
Noah Lamphere Diaper Dilemma Senior Talk The Talk and Walk The Walk Award Finn Morrissey
Harper Hawkridge Can Biodegradable Hydrogels Help Conserve Water In Farming? Junior The Mounts Creek Farm Award Mounts Creek Farm
Grace McOwen Being The Creator Of My Own World Senior The Mounts Creek Farm Award Mounts Creek Farm
Harper Hawkridge Can Biodegradable Hydrogels Help Conserve Water In Farming? Junior The Robert and Barbara Ford Memorial Science Award The Ford Family
Elizabeth Beck Manmade vs. Natural Water Filters Senior The Robert and Barbara Ford Memorial Science Award The Ford Family
Robert Wilson What Makes Volcanoes Erupt? Junior Construction and Building Excellence Award Bookly
Grace McOwen Being The Creator Of My Own World Senior Construction and Building Excellence Award Bookly
Madison Darrow Vanishing Color With Bleach Junior Excellence in Presentation Bookly
Julia Oczkowski Wiggle Butts or No Wiggle Butts Senior Excellence in Presentation Bookly
Braden Haver What Is The Cleanest Drinking Water? Junior 4th place - Physical Science Kuyahoora Valley Ambulance Corp
Landon Bates Which Toothpaste Brand Cleans Coffee Stains Best? Senior 4th place - Physical Science Perfex Corporation
Baylee Mowers Farmer's Field Junior 4th place - Natural Science Newport Telephone Company
Trinity Barnello Whipping Out the Wipes Senior 4th place - Natural Science Newport Telephone Company
Elizabeth Beck Manmade vs. Natural Water Filters   4th place - Math/Technology Perfex Corporation
Madison Darrow Vanishing Color With Bleach Junior 3rd place - Physical Science Perfex Corporation
Emily Smith Nature vs. City: Which Is Better? Senior 3rd place - Physical Science Snyder's Fuel
Dax Coe Does It Sanitize? Junior 3rd place - Natural Science Newport Telephone Company
Alexandra Deragon Audio Effects On Memory Senior 3rd place - Natural Science American Legion Adirondack Post 1118
Emily Pope Chalk Outline!   3rd place - Math/Technology Mahoney Electric
Trinity Lyman The Energy That Never Goes Out Of Style Junior 2nd place - Physical Science Perfex Corporation
Noah Lamphere Diaper Dilemma Senior 2nd place - Physical Science Perfex Corporation
Dharma Martin Red Die Junior 2nd place - Natural Science Poland Sand and Gravel
Julia Oczkowski Wiggle Butts or No Wiggle Butts Senior 2nd place - Natural Science Poland Sand and Gravel
Jordan Niemetz What's Your Angle?   2nd place - Math/Technology Perfex Corporation
Robert Wilson What Makes Volcanoes Erupt? Junior 1st place - Physical Science Poland Parents Support Group
Grace Grems Eggcellent Cookies Senior 1st place - Physical Science The Alamo Bar & Grill
Alaina Meyer A Tough Egg To Crack Junior 1st place - Natural Science First Source Federal Credit Union
Jack Hoffman Pyomelanin Synthesis In P.Uticensis Senior 1st place - Natural Science Rotary Club of Kuyahoora Valley
Harper Hawkridge Can Biodegradable Hydrogels Help Conserve Water In Farming?   1st place - Math/Technology The Hill Family
Alaina Meyer A Tough Egg To Crack Junior Grand Champion Association of Poland Teachers
Jack Hoffman Pyomelanin Synthesis In P.Uticensis Senior Grand Champion Poland Booster Club