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Midway Elementary hosts science fair

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By Goose Lindsay

Learning from a book is one thing, but hands on experience is another and hands on experience is what students in grades three through five at Midway Elementary School received last week at the school’s science fair.

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Last week’s science fair marked the second straight year the school has put on the event, and although the fair is voluntary for students, this year’s science fair was bigger and better than a year ago.

“We were asked two years ago to be part of the da Vinci Science Fair in Oak Ridge,” Midway Elementary School fourth grade science teacher Jennifer Spakes said. “Our goal was to have an increase and this year we had about 20 more students participate than last year, and the judges bragged on our overall quality this year.”

Midway Elementary School Principal Tim Thompson added that the science fair goes hand-in-hand with the school’s curriculum.

“It fits in with us encouraging STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) in school,” he said.

Awards were given to the top three finishers in each grade level, and a total of six students in each grade now advance to the da Vinci Science Fair in Oak Ridge in May.

In third grade, Maggie Patterson was the winner with Garrett Humphreys finishing second and Hannah Gross third.

In fourth grade, Brayden Davidson was the winner with Landon Easter finishing second and Abigail Patterson third.

The winner’s name could not be revealed in fifth grade, but Tyler Johnson was second with Briana Comeaux taking third.

Kingston’s Rotary Club judged the event and also made a donation to help with the cost of putting on the science fair.