Results From WWCC’s Southwest Science Fair

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From left: Dr. Cliff Wittstruck, Western Dean of Academics; Carla Hester-Croff, Science Fair Committee Member; Randy Goff, Science Fair Committee Member; Nicholas Smith-Curill (Overall winner of event from Pinedale Middle School); Katrina Marcos, Science Fair Committee Member; David Tanner, Science Fair Committee Member; Therese Yerkovich, Science Fair Committee Event Organizer; Cathy Ebert, Science Fair Committee Event Organizer.

ROCK SPRINGS — Western Wyoming Community College hosted Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) students, grades 6-12, participated in the 2019 Southwest Regional Science Fair, Thursday, January 24th, 2019.

All participants were from the Jr. High Division. There were 79 registered participants showing 59 projects from four schools. Schools included: Big Piney Middle School, Kemmerer Jr. High, Pinedale Middle School, and Star Valley Middle School. We had 14 Judges to reviewing 10 of the 12 Categories. The Overall Winner was Nicolas Smith-Curill with “Waste Not Want Not” from Pinedale Middle School.

The Fair is an opportunity for students to apply their STEM knowledge, engage in scientific
thought, and gain new ideas and knowledge from peers and educators. Local STEM teachers dedicate much of their time to prepare their students for this educational opportunity.

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The Regional Science Fair is an affiliate of Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
(ISEF), which is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. The
categories, divisions, rules and judging criteria of the Fair are in line with the Intel ISEF
requirements.

“It is always great to see all of the students who participate in the Southwest Regional Science Fair each year. I appreciate the dedication of the teachers who encourage their students to develop projects during the years that they are eligible. When judging the projects, I can see the growth that has occurred in the students from the time they start as 6th graders to when they typically finish as 8th graders. Both projects and presentations are more polished and the students get experience in presenting and answering questions that will be invaluable to them as they go on in school and beyond. I encourage all schools in the Western district to give their students this opportunity to participate,“ Dr. Kimberly Farley, VP for Student Learning said.

The regional science fair committee consists of the following WWCC dedicated educators;
Randal Goff, Ph.D., Josh Holmes, Ph.D., Carla Hester-Croff, M.S., Katrina Kirsch, M.S., David Tanner, Ph.D. Cathy Ebert is the Science Fair Coordinator for the event.

TATA Chemicals North America, assisted in funding the Southwest Wyoming Regional Science Fair held on January 24, 2019 on the WWCC campus. The donation covered the registration costs for all 79 participants, t-shirts, lunch and snacks, and it also covered the cost of awards and the trophy for the winners.

TATA Chemicals has made a commitment to provide this sponsorship to the Southwest
Regional Science Fair for a period of five years. 2019 is the third year of this sponsorship.

In addition to this donation, TATA issues a $500 check to the school of the overall winner to be used for promoting the STEM program at their educational facility. This year’s winner was Pinedale Middle School and the Overall Winner was Nicolas Smith-Curill.

This most generous donation agreement is made possible through the Tata Chemicals North America Contributions Committee.

The Young and Professionals (YAP) group has provided $500 in cash awards at this event for the last two years. The categories for the awards change for each year and the money goes directly to the participant.

Full Results

Animal Sciences (Category 1)

Kemmer Clause – 1st Place

Hampton Jones – 2nd Place

Behavioral & Social Sciences (Category 3)

Seren Noble – 1st Place

Chase Dorrity – 2nd Place

Erin Fogerty & Jillian Warembourg – 3rd Place

Biomedical & Health Sciences/Biomedical Engineering/Translational Medical Sciences (Category 4)

Lexy Hoffman & Audree Sevenski – 1st Place

Molly Murphy – 2nd Place

William Harber & Graham Harber – 3rd Place

Biochemistry/Cellular & Molecular Biology/Bioinformatics/ & Computational Biology (Category 6)

Anna Lehr – 1st Place

Brooklynn Maxam – 2nd Place

Mekiah Storm – 3rd Place

Earth & Environmental Sciences/Environmental Engineering (Category 7)

Nicolas Smith-Curill – 1st Place

Reagan Davis – 2nd Place

Thomas Howard & Joseph Wiscavage – 3rd Place

Engineering Mechannics/Materials Science/Energy: Physical (Category 8)

Blade Hibbert – 1st Place

Ceili Fallon – 2nd Place

Noah Sletten – 3rd Place

Mathematics (Category 9)

Brandon Jones – 1st Place

Maddox Gehlhausen – 2nd Place

Microbiology (Category 10)

Mikaya Drake & Haylen Sandner – 1st Place

Physics and Astronomy (Category 11)

Ashlynn Erickson – 1st Place

Afton Orvin – 2nd Place

Dodge Normington – 3rd Place

For more information regarding the Science Fair at Western, please contact Cathy Ebert at
cebert@westernwyoming.edu.