Rio Grande, Ohio – The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College and the Gallia-Vinton Educational Service Center (ESC) hosted the annual Southern Ohio District 14 Science Day, virtually. 60 students in 5th through 12th grades from across Gallia, Lawrence, Pike, and Scioto counties presented a total of 55 projects at the event. District 14 Co-Director and Rio Chemistry Program Coordinator John Means said it was exciting to see so many young students getting involved in scientific research.
“We are incredibly proud of all the students who persevered this year and completed a science day project, and we are very thankful for all the teachers and parents who worked with those students,” Means said.
Faculty and students from Rio’s science programs served among the judges for the event. Means said the faculty and students of the science departments were eager to meet students and see their presentations.
Means stated, “We had a lot of really good, creative projects and know that our region will be well-represented at the Virtual State Science Day. As it looks right now, we are hopeful to be back to an in-person District Science Day next year. We are planning for Saturday, March 25, 2023.”
The 2022 Winners are
Water Environment Award- Addison Mullins, Wheelersburg High School
Ohio Soybean Bioscience Award- Morgan Butcher, Fairland High School and Kaiden Gampp, Minford High School
Emerging Scientist Award in Chemistry & Materials Science- Hannah Taylor, Fairland High School
Emerging Scientist Award in Earth & Biological Sciences- Addison Mullins, Wheelersburg High School
Emerging Scientist Award in Physics and Energy- Kathryn Bell, Fairland High School
Emerging Scientist Award in Behavioral & Social Sciences- Grace Cremeans, River Valley High School
Emerging Scientist Award in Natural Sciences- Kathryn Bell, Fairland High School
Emerging Scientist Award in Medicine & Health Sciences- Kaylee Salyer, Fairland High School
Emerging Scientist Ward in Health & Applied Sciences- Angela Li, Fairland High School
The Emerging Scholar Award- Serena Kataria, Wheelersburg High School
OTTA CollegeAdvantage 529 Savings Plan Award- Mitchell Dunlap, Fairland MS and Ethan Mullins, Wheelersburg MS.
Rio Grande Science Day Scholarship- McKinsey Wray, Fairland High School
Means said he is also grateful for the support and sponsorship of Holzer Health System, Fluor-BWXT, Hopewell Health Centers, Gallipolis Rotary, and R&R Tent Rental as well as the campus community. The students were vying for over 16 awards, which had a combined value of more than $2,500, that were presented at the end of the event 9 students and 8 projects qualified for the State Science Day: Mitchell Dunlap, Fairland Middle School; Serena Kataria, Wheelersburg High School; Angela Li, Fairland High School; Chloe Lucas, Notre Dame; Ethan Mullins, Wheelersburg Middle School; Addison Mullins, Wheelersburg High School; Finley Noel, Notre Dame; Hannah Taylor, Fairland High School; McKinsey Wray, Fairland High School