Putnam County students take awards 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.

Kurt Dunham, a junior at Cookeville High School, won a Grand Prize, along with a scholarship award from the TTU College of Engineering. Dunham won the National Society of Professional Engineers Award, MU Alpha Theta Award, US Metric Association Award and Sigma Xi Award.

Two teams from Monterey High School topped the senior physical division. Juniors Nick Potter and Loren Delk placed first. Juniors Taylor Wilson and Michelle Farley placed third.

Cornerstone Middle School sixth grader Allie Gaspard placed first in the intermediate engineering division.

Jackson Bilbrey, a sixth grader at Prescott South Middle School, won four awards: U.S. Army Award, Broadcom MASTERS – Middle School Competition, Office of Naval Research Middle School Award and Best of Intermediate.

Jodi Frye, a fifth grader at Prescott South, placed third in the intermediate physical division.

Samuel Hauser, a fifth grader at Prescott South, won an honorable mention in the intermediate physical division.

Courtney McCowan, an eighth grader at Prescott South, placed third in the junior physical division.

Prescott South eighth grader Brandon Robinson placed third in the junior engineering division and also won the Broadcom MASTERS – Middle School Competition.

Kyle Wendt, a seventh grader at Prescott South, won an honorable mention in the junior engineering division.

Prescott South eighth grader Craig Wiley placed first in the junior physical division.

Ten Avery Trace Middle School students won awards at the fair.

Eighth grader Landon Bressler won an honorable mention in the junior biological division.

Sanjay Chakrabarty, a sixth grader, placed first in the intermediate math division.

Eighth grader Isaiah Clemons won an honorable mention in the junior physical division.

Corbin Dardenne, a fifth grader, placed second in the intermediate physical division and also won the Surgeon General’s Special Science Award.

Eighth grader Jonathan Dean placed second in the junior math division.

Ethan George, an eighth grader, placed first in the junior biological division and won the Broadcom MASTERS – Middle School Competition.

Ashlynn Guo, an eighth grader, placed second in the junior biological division.

Eighth grader Catherine Hadlock placed third in the junior math division.

Christian Moyers, an eighth grader, placed third in the junior biological division and also won the U.S. Army Award.

Blake Shepherd, a fifth grader, placed third in the intermediate biological 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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