Students compete at science fair
After weeks of preparation, long hours, and butterflies fluttering in stomachs across the district, the time came to present the science fair projects of 2013. The goal: to engage students in the critical thinking process and to expose them to the field science.
On March 4, coaches and students from Emmonak, Pilot Station, Alakanuk, Sheldon’s Point, Kotlik, Marshall and St. Mary’s descended into Mountain Village to showcase their talent. Participants were divided into four categories, designated by grade level. The room rippled with excitement as the judges walked around to each station, questioning and evaluating each individual exhibit. Researched topics and experiments were diverse, ranging from the impacts of oil spills in Alaska, to electromagnetic fields. Ninety-nine participants and all came prepared and ready to leave Mountain Village with a medal.
The students were judged on four categories; abstracts, presentation, display, and overall. Each category was judged individually and graded with a rigorous rubric; likewise, each student must present to three different judges for an unbiased and accurate score. Once the presentations were finished, judges spent the next hour deliberating and comparing scores. This is of course, no easy feat.
During the awards ceremony, students were recognized for their participation and wonderful projects. The following is a list of overall winners for the district.
|Kindergarten - Grade 3|
|1st||Balloon Rocket||Eddie Strongheart||Sheldon's Point|
|2nd||Green Pennies||Logan Fancyboy||Pilot Station|
|3rd||Volcano||Mary Clark||Sheldon's Point|
|4th||Bubbles||Jeremy Fancyboy||Pilot Station|
|5th||Salty Ice||Brittney Nick||Pilot Station|
|Grades 4 - 6|
|1st||Electromagnetic Field and Algae Cells||Isaiah Hootch and Grace Westlock||Emmonak|
|2nd||How Can We Stop Erosion||Morgan Gosch||Kotlik|
|3rd||Heartbeat of a Drum||Michaela Blowe||Alakanuk|
|3rd||Fire Under Water||Josh Noble||Sheldon's Point|
|4th||Blobs in a Bottle||Florencia Ignatius||Sheldon's Point|
|5th||pH Levels in Water||Ryan Haughey||Kotlik|
|Grades 7 and 8|
|1st||Acid Water? Lime it!||Dan Distor||Pilot Station|
|2nd||Hard vs. Soft Water||Rochelle Westdahl||Pilot Station|
|3rd||Dissolved Oxygen in Beaver Pond and Yukon River||Jerilyn Alexie and Kaylee Thompson||St. Mary's|
|3rd||Disappearing Quarter||Casey Stern||Sheldon's Point|
|4th||Gelatin and Moose Hooves Similar to Jell-O||Makayla Kameroff||St. Mary's|
|4th||Hydro-Power Water Wheel||Laterell Alstrom||Alakanuk|
|5th||Coleus Killer||Pamela Beans||Pilot Station|
|Grades 9 - 12|
|1st||The Physical and Chemical Analysis of the River Estuaries and Marine Waters||Jacinta Matthias||Kotlik|
|2nd||Bacteria Killer||KyeAnna Nicolai and Maggie Heckman||Pilot Station|
|3rd||Impact of Oil Spills on Avian Survival||Cheyanne Prince||Kotlik|
|4th||Sweet Planning||Maggie Heckman||Pilot Station|
|5th||Blooming Algae||KyeAnna Nicolai||Pilot Station|
|LYSD Team of the Year:||Pilot Station|
|LYSD Coach of the Year:||Mrs. Wilhelmina Distor|
The district thanks all of the 2013 Science Fair participants, coaches, and judges for their terrific work and love for science with a very special thanks to coordinators, Jean Domansi, Ben Harvey, and Wilhelmina Distor for organizing and setting up the science fair. With their tenacious work and dedication, the 2013 LYSD Science Fair was a grand success.