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Students going to the regional science fair

Students going to the regional science and engineering fair at UNC-Charlotte

Gaston County Schools will have more than 30 students competing in the regional science and engineering fair on Saturday, February 18 at UNC-Charlotte. Their wins at the Gaston Regional Science and Engineering Fair in January propelled them into the regional competition with a chance to advance to the statewide science fair next month.

Brittan Payton - Lithium Excellence Award Students from Ashbrook, Stuart W. Cramer, Forestview, Gaston Early College, Belmont Middle, Holbrook Middle, Mount Holly Middle, and Rankin Elementary qualified to participate in the Region 6 North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair. The regional winners go on to the North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair set for March 24-25 in Raleigh.

Brittan Payton, a senior at Stuart W. Cramer High School, placed first overall at the annual Gaston Regional Science and Engineering Fair held Tuesday, January 10. Her project, The Effects of Microgreens on Probiotic Bacteria, also earned her the distinguished Lithium Excellence Award presented by FMC Lithium.

Like Payton, the local winners won recognition for their projects to advance to the regional contest. The local competition was held in partnership with the Schiele Museum and FMC Lithium. The Gaston County event included 100 exhibits and projects created by 175 elementary, middle, and high school students. The competition included public and private school students.

The Gaston Regional Science and Engineering Fair is divided into four categories: earth science, physical science, life science, and technology and engineering. Students are judged on scientific method, research, resources cited, and the types of evidence provided to support the results.

■ HIGH SCHOOL
The following high school students from Gaston County Schools received first place honors:

Overall Winner
Brittan Payton, Stuart W. Cramer High School - The Effects of Microgeens on Probiotic Bacteria

Honorable Mention
Bradley Parrish and Bailey Patterson, Stuart W. Cramer High School - The Inhibitory Effects of Triclosan Against the Growth of Escherichia Coli and Staphylococcus Aureus in Dialysis Tubing

SPARC3 of Genius Award by Gaston College
Nikki Hendrix, Stuart W. Cramer High School - What is the impact of heavy treatment on aggressive chewing behavior in Apis Mellifera

Lithium Excellence Award

Brittan Payton, Stuart W. Cramer High School - The Effects of Microgreens on Probiotic Bacteria

Earth Science
Mac Gallman, Ashbrook High School - The Influence of Topographic Condition on Surface Water Runoff Flow Rates

Life Science
Andrea Esparza, Stuart W. Cramer High School - Touch DNA

Physical Science
Shane Fogarty, Gaston Early College High School - Roller Coaster Relays

Technology and Engineering
Pooja Deva, Ashbrook High School - Transitional Shoes

■ MIDDLE SCHOOL
The following middle school students from Gaston County Schools received first place honors:

Honorable Mention
Jordan Abernathy, Belmont Middle School - Fish Don’t Need Foundation

Earth Science
Luigi Bortolussi, Mount Holly Middle School - Getting Sunk Into Liquefaction

Physical Science
Bryan Clingerman, Mount Holly Middle School - Hey Batter Batter Swing 2.0

Life Science
Catherine Armstrong and Regan Lavinder, Belmont Middle School - Boys vs. Girls: Who sees it best? Does age matter?

■ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The following elementary school students from Gaston County Schools received first place honors:

Nikki Bortolussi, Rankin Elementary - Which Soil Works Best for Fossilization?

Luke Falls, Rankin Elementary - The Ultimate Trajectory - Launching Ping Pong Balls for Distance



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