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Middle School Students Claim Regional Science Fair Awards


Middle School Students Bring Home Six Science Fair Awards

On Tuesday, March 5th, 10 students from Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School competed at the Shenandoah Valley Regional Science Fair at James Madison University.  Out of 10 entries, five were recognized with awards.

Jasmine Johnson, an eighth grade student at Randolph-Macon, tied for third place in Consumer Science for her project, “Bugs-B-Gone.” Johnson is from Afton, VA.

Ryan Latham, a seventh grade student from Amissville, VA, tied with Johnson for third place in Consumer Science.  His project was entitled “Colorfast.”

Hunter Gillis, a sixth grader from Winchester, VA, took second place in Planetary Science for her project,

“You Spin Me Right Round.”

Jacob Karen of Winchester, VA, took first place in Chemistry and also received a Master's Award for his project, “Meltaway.” Karen is a sixth grade student at Randolph-Macon.

Thomas Minchew, an eighth grade student from Winchester, VA, also received a Master's Award for his project, “Snap, Crackle, Break.” He competed in the category of Engineering.

In addition to the students named above, five other students qualified for the regional competition based on their performance in the school-level competition, including: sixth grade student Carolyn Laourdakis  from Front Royal, for her project “Stinky Growth”; sixth grade student John Backo from Warrenton for his project, “Plop Plop Fizz Fizz”; seventh grade student Kate Ponn of Marshall for her project, “Sweet Tooth”;  and eighth grade students Ceara Richards from Bentonville and Amy Go of Ulsan, South Korea, for their projects “Battle of the Sexes” and “Berry Berry,” respectively.

Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA), founded in 1892, is a college-preparatory, coeducational day and boarding school for students in grades 6 through 12.  Students in grades 9-12 participate in R-MA’s 91st Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and have the option to participate in a unique flight program. R-MA is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is located in Front Royal, VA.