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Sarah Barton '20 Advances to State Science Fair

02/03/2017 8:00 AM

Freshman Sarah Barton’s project, “What’s In A Color?” earned first place honors in Chemistry in the Upper Division of the Region VII Science Fair held recently at LSU. Barton's first place finish advances her to the Louisiana State Science Fair to be held at LSU later this spring.

Other upper school students finishing in the Top 5 at the regional science fair include Julia Spell ’19, who placed third in Biomedical and Health Sciences; Carissa Milton ’19, who earned fourth place honors in Engineering Mechanics; and Katie Dunphy ’19, who finished in third place Environmental Engineering. Only 1st and 2nd place finishers advance to State Science Fair.

Several Middle School students placed in the Top Five of their category at the Region VII Junior Division Science Fair but did not advance to the State competition.   Those students include Logan Fox (7), 4th place, Biochemistry; Henry Hays (8), 3rd place, Biomedical Engineering; Devyani Vij (7), 3rd place, Chemistry; Brooks LaPlace (8), 3rd place, Engineering Mechanics; Patrick Murphy (7), 3rd place, Microbiology; Michael Bardwell (7), 4th place, Physics & Astronomy; and Ashlyn Lee (6), 4th place in Plant Sciences.

All Upper and Middle School students in honors or advanced science classes are required to participate in the Dunham science fair.  This year, there were 57 Upper School projects and 56 Middle School projects entered.  Judges for the Dunham science fair included teachers from the science department and volunteers from a variety of science-related fields, including medicine, engineering and computer science.

“All students did a great job on their projects. They were well prepared for their individual presentations and were not intimidated by tough questions from the judges. And many projects were very innovative ideas,” said Ed Van Haute, middle school science teacher.

Those students who placed 1st or 2nd in their category advanced to the Region VII Science Fair.  Dunham sent 13 Middle School students and 14 Upper School students to the regional competition.