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ICMS students headed to state science fair

Special Photo. Indian Creek Middle School student Maggie Berry and her partner, Abby Betts (not pictured) won a first place award in the biological science category for their project, "Do You Measure Up?"

Special Photo. Indian Creek Middle School student Maggie Berry and her partner, Abby Betts (not pictured) won a first place award in the biological science category for their project, "Do You Measure Up?"

COVINGTON -- Five Indian Creek Middle School students are headed to the state science fair this month.

Recently, 26 seventh- and eighth-grade ICMS students represented the Newton County School System in the Griffin RESA science fair in Griffin and came home taking first-, second- and third-place awards.

"We are very proud of our students' performance in the regional science fair," said Principal Samantha Fuhrey. "They represented Indian Creek and Newton County School System very well. To have so many students win awards at the regional science fair is indicative of the high standards and rigor of the science program at Indian Creek. The students worked very hard and did extensive research for their projects and they are to be commended for a job well done."

Five projects with six students won first-place awards; nine projects with 10 students took second-place awards and six projects with 10 students achieved third place with their biological and physical science projects.

ICMS was the only Newton County school represented at the regional fair, as participation in it is voluntary. It was the only NCSS school that participated in the event this year, according to Sherri Viniard, director of Public Relations at NCSS.

"During the fair, students have the opportunity to interact with many college professors and specialists within their fields as they defend their projects," said Vicki Meeler, Quest Department chair at Indian Creek Middle School. "That's why we continue to participate in the science fair year after year. It's a rare and unique opportunity for our kids to be able to conduct and defend their own original research. It's where science meets the real world."

Projects covered such topics as "Using Green Cleaning Agents to Remove Stains," "The Savonius Wind Turbine," "Wii Games and Heart Rate," "Urban Heat Island Effect," "Dried Grapes, Eh?" and "DNA in Your Food," among others.

All first-place winners will proceed to the state science fair later this month at the University of Georgia campus in Athens.