JOHN DAY – Students put their best hypotheses to the test at Grant Union’s April 17 science fair.
Thirty sophomores, juniors and seniors in Sonna Smith and Randy Hennen’s chemistry, biology and advanced biology classes participated.
Best of Fair went to Preslie Thompson for her project, “How Does Different Types of Exercise Affect Type I Diabetic’s Blood Glucose?” and Hannah Brandsma was runner-up for “How Does Acid Rain Affect Lichens?”
Both students said they were surprised and happy to learn they were chosen as winners of the fair.
“All the hard work paid off,” Thompson said.
Thompson and Brandsma each received first-place ribbons.
Other finalists included: Kya Gabbard, Rayce Houser and Kelsey Long with second-place ribbons; and Carli Gardner, Mitch Moulton and Dawson Quinton with third-place ribbons.
Judging the event were: Eastern Oregon Professor Dr. Anthony Tovar, Jennifer Barker, Aaron Roth of Natural Resources Conservation Service, Megan Wilkins of John Day Fossil Beds, and retired teacher Neil Bauer.
Cash awards and gas cards were awarded to finalists and were donated by Old West Federal Credit Union and two anonymous donors.
“Mrs. Smith and I continue to believe that participating in the scientific process is of great value to students,” Hennen said. “Science is more than just a vast body of knowledge – it’s a way of knowing. We are extremely grateful to our judges and donors. Their time and donations validate our student’s efforts.”