Oliver Springs students do well in annual science fair

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Twenty-two Oliver Springs Middle School students recently participated in the Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair in Thompson-Boling Arena.

Participating students advanced to the science fair after winning awards from their school fair.

These students included sixth-graders Elizabeth Hampton, Emma Hearon, Abby Kelly, Reagan Ross, Anna, Smith and Hanna Yates; seventh-graders Kaylen Benbenek, Matthew Charles, Ashley Handy, Josh Hill, Andrew Johnson, Madison Lane, Cheyenne McHale, Isabella Poche and Anne-Marie Walls; and eighth-graders Eli Charles, Isaac Crabtree, Christine Lee, Rebekah Moran, Kylie Richardson and Madison Triplett.

Overall Fair Honorable Mentions were awarded to students whose projects stood out among almost 300 other winning science fair projects from all around the region, including 23 counties in East Tennessee.

Oliver Spring students who won honorable mentions were Madison Lane for “Home Grown Crystals,” Madison Triplett for “Stress: Athletes vs. Non-athletes,” Kylie Richardson for “Candy Colors Never Dye,” Abigail Kelly for “I’m Melting,” Josh Hill for “Stirling Engine,” Elizabeth Hampton for “The Sound of Music” and Ann Marie Walls for “Do You See What I See?”

The Tennessee Science Teachers Association award, which was a $50 cash award and certificate to the project that exemplified outstanding adherence to the scientific method, went to Anna Smith and her project, “I’m Certain You’ll Need a Curtain.”

The Knoxville Gem and Mineral Society gave awards for outstanding earth science projects.

Honorable mention for this prize was awarded to Isaac Crabtree and his project, “Effects of Temperature on Magnets.”

Overall Fair Excellence Awards winners, who received recognition for an outstanding project and $25, included Rebekah Moran for her project, “Yeast Cold or Hot, Sweet or Not” and Eli Charles for “Up and Over.”