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Union Hosts West Tennessee Science Fair

JACKSON, Tenn.April 16, 2003 – Union University hosted the West Tennessee Regional Science Fair April 10 and featured the entries of 129 students from 24 schools. Each contestant had already placed in a local competition. The first place winners in the two high school divisions will move on to compete in Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

According to Marlyn Newhouse, fair director and associate professor of chemistry at Union, teachers often struggle with a curriculum that is too full to allow time for students to practice the scientific method. "A local science fair offers that opportunity," she said. "Our regional fair helps provide a little extra motivation."

Monetary awards to fair winners were provided by Union University, Delta Faucet, the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association Auxiliary and the Energy Division of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

Below is a list of winners' names, schools and projects by division:

Senior Biological Science Division

First Place: Mallory Elizabeth Hodges, Gleason School "Isolation and Identification of Enterobacter sakazokii from Powdered Infant Formula"

Second Place: Katie Elizabeth Atnip, Greenfield High School "The Effects of Ultraviolet Radiation on the Structure of Lambda DNA"

Third Place: Martha M. Byrd, Westview High School "The Effect of Ultraviolet Light on the Reproduction Rate of Spirogyra Crassa"

Senior Physical Science Division

First Place: Jon Hale Shanklin, Westview High School "The Effects of the Mass of Component Parts of a Trebuchet on its Range of Projection"

Second Place: Ron Peckham, Westview High School "The Effectiveness of Fin Size vs. Ballast on Countering Differences in Performance Among Rockets of Varying Length: A Two Year Study"

Third Place: Graylon R. Perkins, Gleason School "The Effects of Amylase and Commonly Consumed Products on the Release of Mercury from High Copper Amalgam Fillings"

Junior Biological Science Division:

First Place: Lacy Lynnette Wade, Inman Middle School "I've Got a Crush on You. Incidence of Vascular Constriction Post Ingestion of Red 40"

Second Place: Abbey Brooks Stokes, Dresden Middle School "Where's the Beef?"

Third Place: Madeline Jane Lovett, Inman Middle School "Swish-Swish with Mouthwash"

Junior Physical Science Division

First Place: Kesley Jae Gibson, Martin Middle School "Extra! Extra! Learn All About It! Scientists Working in Coon Creek May Be Hurting the Water"

Second Place: Adam Pace, Munford Middle School "Magnets Hot and Cold"

Third Place: Lacie Claire Kelley, Dresden Middle School "Grip or Slip"

Elementary Physical Science Division

First Place: Scott Elliott Coleman, Martin Middle School "Metal to Metal: Two Year Study of the Properties of Metals"

Second Place: Hailey Ann-Marie Austin, Palmersville School "Blasting Popcorn"

Third Place: Courtney Brooke Powers, Palmersville School "The Effects of Temperature on Chemiluminescence of Light Sticks"

Elementary Biological Science Division

First Place: Elizabeth Sumners, Inman Middle School "Who Has More Butterfat?"

Second Place: Britney Christina Allen, Munford Middle School "How Clean is Your Community?"

Third Place: Jenna Alissa Frazier, Gleason School "A Seed's Fate"

Media contact: Chris Allen, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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