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Newton students earn awards at state science fair

COVINGTON -- Newton County students recently earned awards at the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair in Athens.

Eleven middle and high school students brought home awards. Ten of the student won either third or fourth place honors, while one student won a special award for his project.

"They all performed exceptionally well at the state competition," said Samantha Fuhrey, deputy superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the Newton County School System. "We are proud of their accomplishments."

In the junior division for middle school students, two students from the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett placed third, as did two students from Indian Creek Middle School and Cousins Middle School. A student from each Cousins and the Theme School placed fourth.

For the senior division for high school students, one of the three Newton High School students, Christopher Gray, received a second-place senior award from the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics for his physics and astronomy project, Space Race. The other two NHS students placed fourth in the competition.

More than 800 middle-school and high-school finalists from around the state competed in 17 categories at the 65th annual event, which was held at the Classic Center in Athens. To get to the fair, the students had to win competitions at the local and regional science fairs.