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50 students headed to region science fair

Newton High students sweep high school fair

Newton High School students, from left, Alex Grady (third place), Vitaliy Semenikhin (first place) and Christopher Gray (second place) swept the high school portion of the Newton County School System District Science Fair earlier this month. More than 150 middle and high school students participated in the recent fair, which was held at Newton College and Career Academy. All winners in the middle and high school contests will now move on to the Griffin RESA Regional Science Fair on Feb. 7.

Newton High School students, from left, Alex Grady (third place), Vitaliy Semenikhin (first place) and Christopher Gray (second place) swept the high school portion of the Newton County School System District Science Fair earlier this month. More than 150 middle and high school students participated in the recent fair, which was held at Newton College and Career Academy. All winners in the middle and high school contests will now move on to the Griffin RESA Regional Science Fair on Feb. 7.

COVINGTON — Nearly 50 Newton County students are headed to the regional science fair next month.

The Newton County School System named 37 middle school science projects by 45 students and three high school projects by three students as first-, second- and third-place winners in the 2013 district science fair earlier this month.

“Congratulations to the exemplary students who received recognition at our district fair and moved forward to the regional competition in February,” said Samantha Fuhrey, deputy superintendent for curriculum and instruction at NCSS. “All students represented their schools well and are to be commended for their efforts. The accomplishments of our students would not be possible without the support and guidance of our competing students’ parents and teachers.”

More than 150 students in middle and high school competed at the science fair, which was held at Newton College and Career Academy.

Newton High School swept the high school portion of the fair with the following projects:

• Alex Grady, “Don’t Call it a Comeback” in physics and anatomy;

• Christopher Gray, “Space Race” in physics and anatomy; and

• Vitaliy Semenikhin, “How Do Oils Affect Biodiesel?” in environmental sciences.

Winning middle school projects included “How to Shoot Straight,” “Bugs in Space,” “Biodegradable ... or Not?” “Are you Really Sanitizing Your Home?” “Potato Power” and “The Art and Science of Melting Crayons” in the categories of animal science, biochemistry, plant sciences and environmental science, among others.

The winners will move on to the Griffin RESA Regional Science Fair on Feb. 7. There, the NCSS students will compete against students from Fayette, Henry, Griffin-Spalding, Butts, Pike, Lamar and Thomaston Upson county schools.