Students win science fair awards

Eleven students from Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School traveled to James Madison University to compete in the Shenandoah Valley Regional Science Fair on March 10. Six of the students brought home a total of eight awards.

Silver awards went to seventh-graders Julia Kolesnik in the category of animal science for her project “Tasting Color;” Michael Sumner for his project “Power Veggies” in the category of energy and transportation, and Jonathan Bunker for his “You Kiss Your Mother with that Mouth” in the medicine, health and nutrition category.

Bronze awards went to eighth-graders Pacey Gillum for “It’s Electric” in energy and transportation, and Kota Ikemoto for his project “Got Hops?” in the area of physics and astronomy.

Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering Rising Stars) nominations went to eighth-grader Carolyn Laourdakis for her project “Arm Wrestling,” and Kolesnik and Sumner for their projects.

Broadcom MASTERS is a national middle school science and engineering fair competition. Science fairs affiliated with The Society for Science and the Public may nominate the top 10 percent of sixth- seventh- and eighth-grade students to enter the competition. Three hundred semifinalists will be selected and 30 of those will go to Washington, D.C., to present their research projects and compete in team hands-on STEM challenges.

Other students who attended the event earned their place by winning prizes in the school-level fair. Those students included sixth-grader Michael Ferguson, seventh-grader Bernard Kasozi and eighth-graders Noah Thirkill, Joseph Correa and Ian Mounts.