R-MA announces middle school regional science fair winners

Randolph-Macon Academy has announced 10 middle school students took the stage for the Shenandoah Valley Regional Science Fair competition at James Madison University on March 11.

The R-MA regional winners include eighth grader Justin Abrahim, who took home the gold medal in the Medicine and Health section; sixth grader Aman Atwal, who won the gold medal in the Plant Science division along with a Naval Science Award; seventh grader Pacey Gillum, who took home the bronze medal for the Earth and Planetary Science division; eighth grader Dylan Glascock, who claimed the silver medal for the Plant Science section; and sixth grader Bernard Kasozi, who was awarded the bronze medal for the Energy and Transportation division, along with a Naval Science Award.

Arman also received a nomination to compete in the Broadcom Masters Science Fair. His project studied bitter rot in apples, and was accomplished with the assistance of Dr. Mizuho Nita, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Alson H. Smith Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

The Masters is the national science, technology, engineering and math competition for U.S. sixth to eighth graders. Students receive nominations for by earning a position in the top 10 percent of an SSP-affiliate fair, such as the Shenandoah Regional Science Fair.

In September, after nominees have submitted their applications to advance to the next level, SSP and Broadcom will announce 300 semifinalists and then the 30 finalists. The 30 finalists are awarded an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., where, from Oct 24-Oct 29, Broadcom MASTERS will showcase the finalists will compete for the top award of $25,000.

Justin, Bernard, Pacey, Dylan and Aman earned their spots at the Shenandoah Regional Science Fair by placing in academy’s science fair, held Feb. 26. Also winning awards that day went to sixth graders Julia Kolesnik and Sarah Ponn, seventh graders Jacob Karen and Jack Smith and eighth graders Evan Anderton and Bailey Sims. Julia and Justin tied for best in show at the R-MA science fair.