Jackson County students take prizes at regional science and engineering fair at TTU

More than 100 competitors from 16 eligible counties participated in the 59th annual Cumberland Plateau Regional Science & Engineering Fair hosted by Tennessee Tech University’s Millard Oakley STEM Center in March.

Students in the 4th through 12th grades exhibited projects in four research categories – biological, engineering, physical science and mathematics. The projects were judged by grade level divisions of intermediate (4th – 6th); junior (7th – 9th); and senior (10th – 12th).

Competitors won ribbons, certificates, science and engineering-based project kits, telescopes, and, of course, scholarships.

Kinsey Potter, a freshman at Jackson County High School, won the fair’s Grand Prize and a scholarship award from the TTU College of Engineering. She also won the Office of Naval Research High School Award, the Ricoh Americas Corporation Award and the American Meteorological Society Award.

Nathaniel Davis, a freshman at JCHS, placed first in the junior math division.

Wyatt Mabry, a sophomore at JCHS, won the Society for In Vitro Biology award.

Faith VanderJagt, a freshman at JCHS, placed first in the junior engineering division.

“We were excited to see the variety of research projects presented by students from throughout the region during this year’s Cumberland Plateau science and engineering fair,” said Peter Li, director of the fair and Tennessee Tech professor of geography. “I congratulate all of this year’s participants, our award winners, their families and teachers.”

For more information about the fair or to view the complete list of award winners, visit www.tntech.edu/scifair.

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