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‘Lavender and stress’ study top project in Science Day 2016
By Bob Robinson

GREENVILLE – A widely divergent science competition at Greenville High School on Feb. 18 offered some interesting concepts… from physical science: Controlling robots with slime mold, using oranges as batteries, deodorized volleyball knee pads for stinky knees and small scale wind tunnels… to social science: how lavender affects stress, economics and emotional intelligence, dog potty trainer, a study of age and sexism and more.

Judges had a challenging time with 113 students, grades 5-12 in eight local school districts, taking a hard look at an area of science, developing a theory and testing it for presentation at the Third Annual Science Fair.

The top honor went to Bradford student Kailee Brower in the Behavioral Science category for her lavender and stress study. Using three teachers as her test subjects the junior was able to confirm its effectiveness.

The second honor also went to a Bradford student, Drew Patty, in the Medicine/Health category. Entitled Forces and Braces, the senior studied the effectiveness of braces in preventing repetitive ACL injuries.

Third place went to Greenville High School senior Francesca Masso-Rivetti in the Behavioral Science category for a study entitled The Ultimatum Game: Economics and Emotional Intelligence. It studied the relationship between economic decision-making and emotional intelligence in the Ultimatum Game.

Other top placements went to Bradford senior Rhyan Turner for Validity & Repeatability of a Small Wind Tunnel; Greenville senior Quintin Muhlenkamp for the Hydraulic Conductivity of Frac Sand; DeColores Montessori ninth grader Jordan Dill for ‘Do you Vote for a Person or a Position?’; Versailles sophomore Tessa Tyo for The Effects of Age on Sexism, DeColores Montessori eighth grader Anthony Masso-Rivetti for Glider Aircraft: Lift & Wing Dimension; and Versailles seniors Jessica Ahrens, Ashlyn Cordonnier and Chelsea Groff for the Effects of the Force Exerted on Different Tumbling Passes.

Thirty students receiving “Superior” ratings will be eligible to go to the District Science Day at Edison Community College in Piqua on Feb. 27. They are: Mariah Troutwine and Ashley Murphy from Ansonia; Brandon Kinney, Brandon Riffell, Shelbi Fourman, Mitchell Sink and Rebecca Pierson from Arcanum; Kailee Brower, Drew Patty, Rhyan Turner and Jana-Carolin Koslitzki from Bradford; Jordan Dill, Anthony Masso-Rivetti, Natalie Milligan and Ryan Ballou from DeColores Montessori; Logan Garber from Franklin Monroe; Francesca Masso-Rivetti and Quintin Muhlenkamp from Greenville; Brina Toomy, Landen Fraylick, Justus Thomas, Shelby Holzapfel, Kaylor Pearson, Maddie Downing, Harley Ketring and Lily Preston from Tri-Village; and Tessa Tyo, Chelsea Groff, Jessica Ahrens and James McClure from Versailles.

Students earning “Superior” at District will be eligible to go to the state tournament in Columbus in May.

“This event offered students a venue that promotes the development of creative thinking, research and writing skills and career motivation toward the sciences, all in one program,” said Angela McMurry, Darke County Educational Services Center. Project topics may be in biology, chemistry, botany, space & earth sciences, computers, zoology, microbiology, biochemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics, medicine & health and behavioral & social science.

“Event sponsors donated awards and gift certificates in an amount totaling over $2400,” McMurry added, the largest in the events 3-year history. They included Wayne Health Care, Prairie Belting, Inc., Greenville Masonic Lodge No. 143, The McMurry Family, Cargill, Greenville Kiwanis Club, Dayton Society of Natural History—Boonshoft, Darke County Educational Service Center, Menke Family, Energy Optimizers USA, Premier Health, GHS Science Club, Thomas Family, Hatic Family and The Daily Advocate.  “Over sixty area professionals and community members volunteered to judge the projects, aided by Darke County science teachers,” she said.

“Students worked independently from September through February on a scientific project of their choice. Science Day is their opportunity to share their findings with their mentors, family and peers. Assistance is available when asked, but Science Day Projects are designed to be primarily student directed.”

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