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Centertown students compete in science fair
Emma Kirby

Science projects have been a long-standing challenge for students and their parents, trying to come up with a creative, informative and educational display.
Centertown Elementary recently had its Science and Research Fair, and projects were provided by 133 students. The number made a huge jump from 73 in last year’s event.
According to science teacher Robyn Kirby, students created data collection charts and presented data on graphs, with upper-grade students designing and producing their data electronically with Excel.
Students in K-3 competed with either research presentations or individual experiments. They complied with rigorous guidelines and exceeded expectations. Fourth through eighth-graders competed with either individual or group experiments and engineering projects. Topics ranged from circuits to catapults and psychological to athletic tests. 
“Everyone worked so hard to produce such high quality work, and we appreciate the students and their families for their support,” said Kirby. 
A list of the winners follows:
• Overall highest scorers were Deryn Allen, Madalyn Stubblefield, Austin Conner, Sawyer Thompson, Lauren Mansfield and Emma Kirby. 
• Eighth-grade individual – Deryn Allen, first; Kellie Bumbalough, second;
• Seventh grade – Madalyn Stubblefield, first; Rayven Scales, second and Brady Pegg, third;
• Seventh-eighth grade group – Kayla Meyers and Savanna Leonard, first; Ben Rivers, Hunter Jones and Wyatt Wilson, second; Madison Hobbs and Brenda Jantes, third;
• Sixth grade – Austin Conner, first; Sawyer Thompson, first; Salomone Castanova;
• Fifth grade – Lauren Mansfield, first; Raymon Marten, second; Noah Murphy, third; Ryann Allen, honorable mention;
• Fourth grade – Erik Murphy, first; Sophie Crabtree, second; Kaylee Beth Williams, third;
• Fourth – sixth grade group – Yasmin Arnold and Addison Terrasi, first; Olivia Hamby and Jaylie Shehane, first; Kyler Hopkins, Ashton Griffith and Jerico Messer, second;
• Third-grade individual research – Haley McCoy, first; Hayden Jones, second;
• Third-grade individual experiment – Haley Smith, first, Dominick Singleton, second; Mackenzie Trapp, third;
• Second-grade individual research – Logan Cowans, first; Emma Norris, first; Phillip Miller, second; Gracie Hancock;
• Second-grade individual experiment – Emma Kirby, first; Lealon Arnold, second; Lily Smith, third;
• First-grade individual research – Alyssa Boyd, first; Hanah Ray, second; Brian Best, third;
• First-grade individual experiment – Ryder Gillespie, first; Kaylee Evans, second; Anthony Gauger, third;
• Kindergarten individual experiment – Rufino Soto, first; Aaden Long, second.