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Students compete in science fair

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by Mary Moore
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Bea Underwood Elementary School fifth-grade science teachers held their science fair Jan. 17. Every fifth-grade student completed a science project and presented it, not only for a grade, but also for judging. Teachers Richard Nipper and Mindy Campbell teach the scientific process, as well as research methods and writing skills ” which are all part of the Colorado State Teaching Standards. What a fun way for these kids to learn so much.

Middle school science teachers Angela Brady and Darcy Gillaspy, and I were the judges for the science fair. We began by reading each project, and then we interviewed the top several participants. All three of us were so impressed with the caliber of these fifth-grade projects that we had a difficult time selecting only three top winners. The winners were Haley Johnson, first place; Jori Shaver, second place; and Codi Metcalf, third place.

St John Middle School’s seventh- and eighth-grade students also competed in their school’s science fair, which was held Feb. 8. The judges for this fair included several members of the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Kiwanis Club, Richard Nipper and myself. We divided into two teams of four members to judge the projects. There were a little over 50 projects in the eighth-grade groups and just around 80 in the seventh-grade group. The judges began the morning with a breakfast served to us by the kitchen staff at the middle school ” thank you so much. I think we probably judged better on a full stomach.



The seventh-grade science teacher, Angela Brady, and the eighth-grade science teacher, Darcy Gillaspy, deserve high praise for organizing this fair every year. This is a lot of work. Not only do these teachers teach the fine skills of conducting a scientific experiment or study, but also they teach the students how to display the projects. And then these two teachers organize and implement the science fair, which is a major undertaking.

Once again the judges looked over every project, then conducted interviews with several of the top students. Top winners from the middle school fair qualify for competition in the Western Colorado Science Fair, which will be held at Mesa State College on Feb. 23.



The seventh-grade winners were Shandice Ferris and Kristen Schubert, first place; Talia Barber, second place; Nichole Wallace and Hunter Snyder, third place.

Eighth-grade winners were Ashley Williford, first place; Brandi Krieg, second place; and Eryn Paskett, third place.

The teacher’s choice award went to Trevor Smith and Jacob Smith.

Good luck to these students in the regional fair.

Right along these lines of science, the Friends of the Library is proud to present Harry Brauneis, who will be speaking on astronomy at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the Parachute Town Hall. As always, it is free admission and refreshments are served.


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