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News Community RGNS students soar at regional science fair

Seventh grader Avery Lumsden took 1st place in regionals and will compete at the state level for Health and Medical Research dealing with diabetes. Photos providedMiddle school students take top honors in Athens

Eight projects and 11 competitors from Rabun Gap-Nacoochee Middle School attended the Regional Science Fair competition held at the Athens’ Technical Academy.

There were approximately 100 projects and 139 students on hand at the event, and many of the RGNS middle school students took home top honors in their category.

Among the winners were Avery Lumsden for her work with blood sugar and diabetes. Sixth grader Emily Ann Olson also received top honors for her work with Swim Caps and Speed: Improvement in Swimming and received special recognition by capturing the Delta Kappa Gamma Continuing Research for Women in Science Award. Both students competed at the State Science and Engineering Fair on March 31.

Landon Parks and Carter King placed 2nd at regionals for their work in Social and Behavioral Science. They also won the Broadcom Master’s Award. This award is given to what the judges feel are the top 10% of all projects in the region in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.In addition to these awards, seventh graders Carter King and Landon Parks also received top honors by receiving a special award for getting placed in the top 10% of all projects at the fair. They will have the opportunity to win $1,000 and an all expense paid trip to Washington DC to compete. Sixth grader Michael Montgomery received $50 in prize money for winning the American Chemical Society’s Excellence in Chemistry Award.

RGNS Middle School winners are:

— Avery Lumsden: 1st place - state competitor

— Emily Ann Olson: 1st place - state competitor; Received Special Award of $50

— Michael Montgomery: 2nd Place and Chemical Society Award ($50.00)

— Landon Parks and Carter King: 2nd Place Excellence in Science Award: Top 10%

— Jessie Keuhne: 2nd Place for Plant Sciences

— Joaquin Perez: 2nd Place for Behavioral Sciences


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