Students from nine area schools submitted 124 projects in the 2014 UNMC/AHEC Health Science Meet at North Platte Community College on Thursday. Schools represented included Adam’s Middle School, Chase County, Eustis-Farnam, Garden County, Gothenburg, Ogallala, Perkins County and St. Patrick’s in North Platte and McCook.
The science fair is an opportunity for students to use many different skills to produce something of which they can be proud. Throughout the meet the students had the opportunity to attend several breakout sessions where they participated in health and science related activities.
For their projects, the students were expected to create a display showing the progress of the project, write a short research report with a bibliography, give a brief presentation explaining their project, and answer questions following their presentation.
The projects were to be either informative or experimental in nature and the scientific method must have been followed. The students presented their projects to 32 volunteer judges, including NPCC faculty and staff and members of the community.
Winners of the Jr. High NJAS competition were Peyton Stanczyk of Garden County Schools; Elizabeth Calhoun and Rebel Sjeklocha, both of North Platte St. Patrick’s; Hannah Walker of Eustis-Farnam; and Ali Bartels of Gothenburg High School. In the Sr. High NJAS competition, Benjamin Lundberg of Ogallala was the $500 scholarship winner. Other winners included Skyler Smith, Skylar Lapp and Phoebe Lockhart, all of Ogallala; and Makenna Ketter of Chase County High School.
The students were competing to attend the Nebraska Junior Academy Science Fair in Lincoln in April and the three-day State Science Meet at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha in June. The meet was co-sponsored by NPCC, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the Central Nebraska Area Health Education Center, and the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures.