DARKE COUNTY — Seventy-seven students from 18 local school districts recently competed successfully at the Ohio Academy of Science State Science Day held at The Ohio State University in Columbus.
Approximately 1,200 students from across the state participated in the all-day event with a total of $1 million distributed as scholarships and awards. Students exhibited projects in science, technology, engineering and mathematics which they worked on from last September through February of this year. All of the local students did exceptionally well with 33 receiving superior scores.
The following local students were among the winners:
Receiving Superior ratings were: From Ansonia Middle School — Marissa Shook; from DeColores Montessori Greenville — Ryan Ballou; from Greenville High School — Natalie Milligan; and from Versailles High School — Ben Davis and Alec Barga.
Thirteen students earned special individual awards totaling almost $2,400, plus Ohio Tuition Trust Authority 529 Savings Plan Scholarships totaling $2,500 and renewable scholarships totaling $21,000 (up to $84,000 over four years).
Additional awards and scholarships earned: Graham Milligan from DeColores Montessori – HM Society of Petroleum Engineers Award, $100; Molly Hunt, Greenville High School – first place Geological Society Geological Award $350; Ben Davis, Versailles High School – NOKIA Applied Science, Technology & Innovation Award – first place, $200.
In only its third year participating in the Science Day Program, Anna High School students secured a coveted Harold C. Shaw Outstanding School Award Trophy. This award is difficult to achieve, requiring a high percentage of Superior projects at State Science Day. Their teacher is Vicki Quinter.
Upper Miami Valley Science Days provides the opportunity for students, grades 5-12, in Champaign, Darke, Miami and Shelby counties, to complete and present original scientific research. This program is organized and supported by many area schools, teachers, parents, Edison Community College, Urbana University, and a number of businesses, professionals, community organizations, and other interested individuals. For additional information, go to the UMVSD website at: www.ohioumvsd.com