Millennium Charter Academy students have brought back honors from the Northwest Regional Science Fair and research paper competitions as well as from at the Northwest Regional Science Olympiad held in Winston-Salem.
MCA Director of Development Lu Ann Browne said the academy and other independent schools are allowed to send two elementary students and six middle school students to the regional science fair. Millennium is in Region 7 of North Carolina for science fair and research competitions, which is a 13-county region. MCA was the second place Division B Middle School in the Science Olympiad.
Middle school students who have exemplary research papers based on their science fair projects competition were invited to the regional research paper competition. The science fair regional project winners are Laura Browne, who took first place in Technology and Engineering, and Dalton Collins was first in Biological B. Elizabeth Campbell finished second in Biological B and also received honorable mention at the state level for her project. Sarah Shepherd earned honorable mention in Physics, and Lindley Williams had honorable mention in Earth and Environmental Science.
Students earning honors at the state level of the North Carolina Student Academy of Science Research Paper State Competition in Durham at the North Carolina School of Science and Math were Drew Morrow, second place Biological B, and Shepherd was second place physics. Browne received the U.S. Navy Award. At the 13-county regional research paper competition in North Wilkesboro, Shepherd was first in Physics, Browne took first in Engineering and Technology and Campbell was first in Biological B. Morrow finished second in the Biological B category.
In the Science Olympiad, Andrew Burciu was first in the Anatomy category and teamed up with Malcolm Malone for a first in the Mission Possible competition. Burciu and teammate Dalton Collins were second in the Disease Detectives. HanaRose Kinder captured first in the Shock Value competition. Emory Bray and Jake Gunter were second in Dynamic Planet and Elastic Launch.
Sarah Shepherd and Kinder were second in food science, and Burciu and Jonah Hodges were second in forestry. Oscar Hampton and Shepherd were second in the sounds of music category. Collins was third in the boom lever category, Malone was third in the bottle rocket division, Kinder and Gunter finished third in heredity, and Malone and Hodges were third in meteorology. The team of Malone and Oscar Hampton were third in the rocks and minerals competition.
First-time Olympiad participant HanaRose Kinder exemplified the can-do attitude of the team and appeared to take the challenges of the regional events in stride.
“We tried to prepare by going to the event website and following its suggestions,” said Kinder. “When we got there that didn’t help too much. It was completely different. We were able to figure it out though.” Veterans of last year’s Olympiad said the atmosphere at this one was different. Several members jokingly characterized last year’s festival as a “nerd party.”
Examples of student science projects included Collins’ effort titled Antacids gone awry. Spurred by family member’s acid reflux struggles, the student tested the effect of over-the-counter antacids and home remedies on lowering the PH of vinegar. Collins said he was surprised baking soda proved to be the most effective and cheapest.
Teammate Lindley Williams’ project was titled The Ararat River: Do You Know What You’re Rafting In. Williams found water under bridges contained no more contaminants than water near agricultural fields near the river. She was interested in finding out about water quality after her father had purchased a raft.
“These team members have been practicing for a trimester during their free time at school,” said Coach Mike Drury. “It is just so many things coming together at once. We have to do the research, practice presentations and practice the builds involved with other challenges there’s a lot that has to fall in place. As it got closer, we got nervous. A lot of the topics they encountered came from material they had already covered in their classes which helped us.”
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