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Whitehall Elementary School Hosts "Like Magic But Real" Science Fair

Whitehall Elementary School Hosts "Like Magic But Real" Science Fair

Whitehall, NY, June 6, 2024 – Whitehall Elementary School proudly held its annual Science Fair, themed "Like Magic But Real," showcasing the innovative and diligent efforts of 83 fifth and sixth-grade students. Beginning their projects in November 2023, the young scientists dedicated months of hard work both in school and independently in small groups, meticulously applying the scientific method to explore a wide array of scientific phenomena.

This year’s fair highlighted the creativity and scientific curiosity of the students, who demonstrated their understanding and application of scientific principles through their projects. The students' exhibits, which covered a diverse range of topics, were presented to the community, family, and friends, reflecting the high level of effort and enthusiasm put into their research.

A panel of distinguished judges evaluated the projects, including:

  • Barbara Spoor – Esteemed community member
  • John Etu – High School science teacher
  • Eileen Rozell – Retired Whitehall science teacher and the visionary behind the school's science lab
  • Francis Putorti – Valued community member and supporter of educational initiatives

The judges commended the students for their thorough understanding of the scientific method and the creativity displayed in their experiments. They noted that the students' ability to work both collaboratively and independently was a testament to their growing scientific acumen and teamwork skills.

Principal Adriana Strong, reflecting on the event, stated, "The 'Like Magic But Real' Science Fair is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our students and staff. It is inspiring to see the level of innovation and inquiry our students bring to their projects. We are incredibly proud of their accomplishments and grateful for the support of our community and judges."

The Whitehall Elementary School Science Fair continues to be a cornerstone event that inspires young minds to explore, question, and understand the world around them. It fosters a spirit of curiosity and discovery that is essential for lifelong learning and success in the ever-evolving field of science.

The winners of this year's Science Fair were as follows:

5th Grade Science Fair Results:

Bronze Awards:

  • Magnapinna Squid (Jayce Randolph)
  • How Engines work (Dominick Vanness and Burleigh Kingsley)
  • How to keep ice from melting/ Cooler (Adrious Ferguson and Luke Perrillo)
  • White Siberian Tigers (Emma Long)
  • How do Magnets Work? (Mayve Washington and Abigail LaVoie)

Silver Awards:

  • How long until it’s gone? (Michelle Therrien, Destiny Sousis, and Paige Beadle)
  • Which type of gum blows the biggest bubble? (Sophia Bromley and Isabella Huntington)
  • How to make a Lemon Battery (Sawyer Austin, Jackson Courcelle, and Bryson McCray)
  • Rethink your Drink/Snack (Avery Lord and Emmalynn Bard)
  • Solar system (Nichole Chambers)

Gold Awards:

  • How do drugs affect the brain? (Autumn Hilder)
  • Jolly Rancher taste test (Ashlyn Vandenburgh and Grayson Beatty)
  • Gumball Machine (Owen Moore, Gavriella St. Clair, and Logan Ward)
  • How are Crystals formed? (Sophia Squilla and Avery Clark)
  • Where are the most germs in the School ? (Alivia Mason, Julieta Vite-White, and Aibhilin Scott)
  • Cloud in a bottle (Derek Howland and Zachary Dashnaw)

Category Awards:

  • Most Interactive: Jolly Rancher Taste test (Ashlyn Vandenburgh and Grayson Beatty)
  • Best Display: How are Crystals formed? (Sophia Squilla and Avery Clark)
  • Best Research: Where are the most germs in the school? (Alivia Mason, Julieta Vite-White, and Aibhilin Scott)
  • Top Score: Cloud in a Bottle (Derek Howland and Zachary Dashnaw)

 

6th Grade Science Fair Results:

Bronze Awards

  • What type of gum has the longest lasting flavor? (Nicholas Como and Lillianna LaBarge)
  • Tin Foil Boat ( Ethan Austin, Connor Brannon, and Jason WIlliams)
  • How clean is your makeup? (Harper Kingsley, Jax Bigelow, Reyanna Cofrancesco, and Elliana Nowlin)
  • What kind of candy is the healthiest? (Phoenix Rose Barber and Payton Munukka)

Silver Awards

  • Do glowsticks glow better in cold, hot, or room temperature water?  (Alexis Mattison, Izzabella Reeks, and Shelby McDonald)
  • Candy Paint (Violet Raymond, Kerrigan Clark, and Aubrey Combs)
  • What kind of chocolate melts the fastest? ( Mason Gondella and Brynlyn Bushey)
  • Balloon Hovercraft-( Jerome Slingerland, Rayne Mais, and Christopher Bennett)
  • How your tongue reacts to different tastes (Haylee Ferguson, Graciela Stiles, Emaleigh Torres, and Pauline Wilbur)

Gold Awards

  • What takes longer to cook in a solar oven, Nachos or Pizza? (Kylie Gordon, Emily Davis, Emily Roberts)
  • What works better, a Lemon battery or a potato battery? ( Brody Blaise, Keaton Washington, Alexander Hurlburt, and Julian Sanchez)
  • Do Mushrooms grow better in a pot or in a bottle? (Alexander Manning, Marilyn Scott, and Jasper Petrie)
  • Robotic Arm-137 (Lucas Sharrow, Wyatt O’Neil, Connor Bowers, and Anthony Molinero)
  • Does the Surface area of water change the rate of evaporation? (Ella Wiskoski, Amylee Rogers, and Isabella Gebo)

Category Awards

  • Most interactive: Robotic Arm (Lucas Sharrow, Wyatt O’Neil, Connor Bowers, and Anthony Molinero)
  • Best Display: What takes longer to cook in a solar oven, Nachos or Pizza? (Kylie Gordon, Emily Davis, Emily Roberts)
  • Best Research: What works better, a Lemon battery or a potato battery? ( Brody Blaise, Keaton Washington, Alexander Hurlburt, and Julian Sanchez)
  • Top Score: Does the Surface area of water change the rate of evaporation? (Ella Wiskoski, Amylee Rogers, and Isabella Gebo)

These exceptional projects stood out for their physical presentation, thoroughness, skill, clarity and professionalism, making their creators deservedly proud recipients of this year’s top honors.