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Atwood-Hammond 7th and 8th graders hold Science Fair

The Atwood Herald of Atwood, Illinois

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The third annual Atwood-Hammond Jr. High science fair was held Wednesday, December 14 at the Atwood-Hammond Grade School. Tim Manselle, Jr. High Science teacher, only allowed 7th and 8th graders to participate again this year.

The students began working on their projects October 1 and were given every Friday during class time to work on them. Any additional time they needed to complete their projects had to be done on their own time at home.

Manselle commented, "What I feel is great about doing a science fair is that students take a subject that interests them and they might have a little knowledge about and take that much further to really learn in detail their subject matter." He went on to say "Zach Hingson and Nick Johnson did their project utilizing a wind turbine and solar power to light a football field. They did a great job on their project but the great thing is a teacher who has been investigating utilizing solar power and a wind turbine quizzed them on a number of things. She was very excited because they, in her words, "knew what they were talking about. They answered every one of my questions and understood the entire concept." She was very excited.

Seventh grade winners were: 1st place - Payton Wellbaum and Shannon McCartney 2nd place went to Drew Wingler and Kim Davis and 3rd place winners were Gracie Nowlin and Jamie Schlabach.

Eight grade winners were: 1st place - Zach Hingson and Nick Johnson, 2nd place went to Jazmine Arnett and taking 3rd place was Colton Yeakley and Logan Conner.

The judges for the Science Fair included Atwood-Hammond teachers Nathan Anastas, Brian Heidel, Jenine Henninger along with Dave VanDeurson from Sullivan and his son Ben VanDeursen. Joining the judging team this year was veterinarian Ashley McDade from Champaign.

Original Publication Date: January 18, 2012

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