Science Fair Success
More than 100 projects garner scholarships, prizes
ENNIS—Ennis Schools held its 25th annual science fair on Monday, January 28, awarding over $2,500 in prizes at an evening awards ceremony after a day of volunteer judging and public viewing.
Elementary, middle and high school students did class, team and individual projects that ranged in topic from whether an egg would grow when soaked in vinegar and the most effective methods of cattle grazing to what substance kept chocolate chip cookies from sticking to their pans and whether beet juice helped melt ice on roads. Projects were divided into categories by grade and between physical and biological science foci.
Ennis High School science teacher Kelly Leo says 119 students participated in the science fair, and of those, 28 students qualified for the regional fair, which will take place at Montana Tech in Butte on March 7 for the eight sophomores who qualified in the high school division and March 12 for the twenty 5th-8th grade students who made the cut.
“A very special thank you to all the generous donors for sponsoring awards to this event,” said Leo after the fair. “There were over 30 volunteer judges that worked diligently to evaluate all the projects throughout the day.”
Leo also wished to thank Janet Dochnahl, Kaye Suzuki, Kris Inman, Marc Elser, Gail Elser, Lyndell Story, and Ron and Sandi Pfau, who organized judges and scoring; high school students who helped setup and teardown of the fair; and Ennis’s custodial and kitchen staff for helping ensure the event came off seamlessly.
Ennis Science Fair Award Winners:
Biological - 1st Tara Keller; 2nd Colton Hopper; 3rd (tie) Reese Dickinson/Megan Carney.
Physical - 1st Barrett Garland; 2nd Peter Kelley; 3rd Ella Rolfe
Biological - 1st Izzy Haas; 2nd Isabelle Hawkinson; 3rd Hannah Stecker
Physical - 1st Kiera Rice; 2nd Brummie Boggus; 3rd Emmisla Bell-Reed
Biological - 1st Caden Lovett; 2nd Ryker Swanson; 3rd Jaden Satre-Hutchins
Physical - 1st Finley Knapton; 2nd Ben Inman; 3rd Ally Hilton
Biological - 1st (Team) Hannah Todd and Elizabeth Olson
Biological - 1st Josey Blazer; 2nd (Team) Genesis Boyles and Rylee Klasna; 3rd Tanner Inman; 4th Kaycee Fredson
Physical - 1st Gillian Gilbert; 2nd Paul Christensen; 3rd Marlyssa Ledgerwood
Biological - 1st Rebekah Cook; 2nd (Team) Landri Paladichuk and Jenna Snider; 3rd Chance Story
Physical - 1st Kaya Fiedor; 2nd Kyle LaClair; 3rd Samantha Lake
Behavioral Science - 1st Elina Dilschneider and Avery Oliver; 2nd Jarrett Jenkins and Ian Swanson
Booster Club: $300 to Kaya Fiedor and Rebekah Cook
Ennis Arts Association: three $50 awards - Isabelle Hawkinson, Cooper Spicer and Caden Lovett
Ennis Chamber of Commerce: two $25 chamber cash - Olivia Lohrenz and Brianna Daems
Ennis Recycling Group: two $50 awards - Kaya Fiedor and Kyle LaClair
Madison Valley Bank: two $100 awards - (Team) Hannah Todd and Elizabeth Olson; Mrs. Glines 2nd Grade Class
Jack Creek Preserve: three $100 awards - Tanner Inman, (Team) Nicky Johnson and Will Inman, and Colton Hopper
Lions Club: $100 to Izzy Haas
Madison Conservation District: two $75 awards - Chance Story and Josey Blazer
Madison Valley Education Association: one $50 to Hannah Todd and Elizabeth Olson
Madison Farm to Fork: two $50 awards - Hannah Stecker and Isabelle Hawkinson
Madison Valley Medical Center: two $50 awards - Rebekah Cook and Finley Knapton
Madison River Foundation: two $100 awards - Josey Blazer and Colton Hopper
Madison Valley Women’s Club: five $100 awards - Madi Jo Nelson, Sal Fanelli, Mrs. Klein’s Kindergarten class, Bronwyn Comer and Kyle LaClair
Remax Real Estate: two $50 awards - Ms. Myers 1st Grade class and (team) Megan Barsness and Zoe Green
Madison Valley Lodging: $100 to Elina Dilschneider and Avery Oliver
Imerys Yellowstone Mine: three $50 awards - Kaya Fiedor, Izzy Haas and Morgan Kloote
INA Accounting: $100 to Hannah Todd and Elizabeth Olsen
T & E Storage: $100 to Ben Inman