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2017 S.C. Region 1 Science Fair winners announced

    03.15.17 | Academics Community Inventive learning Contagious generosity

    Southern Wesleyan University hosted the S.C. Region 1 Science Fair March 10, featuring projects presented by 118 students in grades 3-12 from Anderson, Abbeville, Laurens, Greenville, Greenwood, Oconee and Pickens Counties.

    In keeping with the University’s core value of “contagious generosity,” Southern Wesleyan has been proud to partner with the region’s teachers and parents to further STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. The fair provides an opportunity for all students who are interested in science and technology to pursue their personal areas of interest and display their research as a presentation in a public competitive forum.

    Students were provided the chance to compete for cash awards and other prizes. All students in attendance received a Certificate of Merit from the South Carolina Academy of Science, a t-shirt, and collection of coupons from area businesses.

    This year’s High school winner is eligible to continue in competition for the Stockholm Junior Water Award at the Water Environmental Association of South Carolina meeting this summer.

    Southern Wesleyan University faculty, staff and students volunteered in a variety of capacities to allow the event to operate. Employees of Duke Energy, Hill Electric Company, Clemson University and Southern Wesleyan University judged the students’ entries. Southern Wesleyan Science Club members also gave demonstrations of various science concepts in breakout sessions across the Central campus.

    The South Carolina Region 1 Science Fair sponsors include Founders Federal Credit Union and ServPro of South Greenville County and ServPro of Pickens County.

    Planning is already underway for the 2018 South Carolina Region 1 Science Fair to be held on Friday, March 9, 2018 on the Central campus.

    All students in South Carolina Region 1, which includes Abbeville, Anderson, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, and Pickens counties, are invited to participate. Please visit our website ( or contact Staci Johnson, Director at (864) 644-5256 or to learn more about entering student projects, volunteering at the fair, or lending your financial support to the event.

    2017 Winners:

    Elementary Biological Science

    Third place – Kylie Willis, Mount Lebanon Elementary School – Ladybug vs. Pesticides

    Second place – Aubrey Stewart, Six Mile Elementary School – Born to Sniff

    First place – Brenden Smith, Northside Elementary School – Garbage to Gas

    Elementary Chemistry

    Third place – Dani Smith, Clemson Elementary - Floating Letters

    Second place – Cassidy Riggins, Six Mile Elementary, Bubble Gum War

    First place – Davis Dial, Keowee Elementary School, Pop-Pop

    Elementary Physical Science

    Third place – Emma Trotter, Six Mile Elementary – Dodging the Draft

    Second place – Brecken Alexander, Northside Elementary – That’s Shocking

    First place – Sarah Mitchem, Keowee Elementary School – Flat Tires

    Elementary Team Division

    Third place – Hadley & Caroline Kittle Mederios, Clemson Elementary School – All Hands IN

    Second place – Rylee Hamby & Jillian Johnson, Northside Elementary School – Hamster Mania

    First place – Ally Moore & Emma Elliot, Northside Elementary School – Brand Balooza


    Third place – Brianna Burrafato, Sanders Middle School – Put it on the back burner

    Second place – Liam Chandler, RC Edwards Middle School – It’s Antibodies Guess

    First place – Tyler Crownover, RC Edwards Middle School - Which Length Bilge Keel Best Stabilizes a Boat?


    Third place – Carolin Justus, RC Edwards Middle School – Effect of Temperature on Enzymes

    Second place – Hisham Dimashkieh, RC Edwards Middle School - Can Nanotechnology Help Clean Up Disasterous Oil Spills?

    First place – Ben Lewis, George Washington Academy – Longer Lasting Bubbles

    Eighth-Grade Biological Science

    Third place – William Wilson, Wilson Homeschool – You are what you eat

    Second place – Sarah Mullinax – Mullinax Classical Academy – Distracting the brain – is it possible?

    First place – Lacey Boozer, Sanders Middle School – Growing at Light Speed

    Eighth-Grade Physical Science

    Third place – Robert Schmitt, Schmitt Homeschool – Flooring in Fluid

    Second place – Ethan Emert, Gray court Owings Middle – Flaming Glory

    First place – Caleb Johnson, Johnson Academy - The Worst Stain or the Best Dye?

    Middle School Team

    Third place – Kyndall Blakely, Paola Diaz, Zaniya Walker, Laurens Middle School – Converting Heat into Energy

    Second place- Jacob Wells, Austin Godfrey, Brenden Williams, Laurens Middle School – Baking Soda vs. Baking Powder

    First place – Giselle Dowdy, Summer Howard, Dolores Pedro-Andres – Sanders Middle School – Are Dogs Colorblind?


    Third place – Brenda Bennett, Tanner Davis, Tanyzha McCullough, Sanders Middle School – Solar Smores

    Second place – Thomas Sweeney, Mount Lebanon Elementary School – Bricks from your backyard

    First place – Jemarius Evans, Maurizio Moarales, Caleb Patterson, Laurens Middle School - Kings of Lightning Speed

    High School

    Third place – Sarah Davis, Davis Homeschool - Inhibition of TBK1 and IKKε by Amlexanox Synergizes with Bortezomib to Reduce Myeloma Cell Growth

    Second place – Kevin Tian/ Ronak Malde, Southside High School - An Investigation into Cost-Effective Alternative Catalysts for Hydrogen Fuel Cells

    First Place – Vignesh Rajmohan, J.L. Mann High School - Sustainable and Inexpensive Water Purification Solutions

    Junior Water Award – Zoe Willis, Riverside Middle School - Hartwell's Clam Calamity: Did the algicide used in lake Hartwell affect the clam population?

    Senior Water Award – Vignesh Rajmohan, J.L. Mann High School – Sustainable and Inexpensive Water Purification Solutions

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