PUTNAM COUNTY — Area students showed off their science knowledge as the 59th annual Putnam County Science Fair took place at Glandorf Elementary School on Saturday. Twenty-four pairs of judges evaluated 128 student projects from Putnam County students in grades 6-9. Individual projects were judged on a 40-point scale (team projects were judged on a 50-point scale), which evaluated knowledge achieved, effective use of scientific method, clarity of expression, originality and creativity. Projects receiving a score of 36-40 (45-50 for teams) were awarded a superior rating, those receiving scores of 24-35 (30-44) were awarded an excellent rating, those receiving 12-23 (15-29) were awarded a good rating, and those receiving 4-11 (5-14) were awarded a satisfactory rating.
Seven students received a perfect score of 40 on their projects. They included Madison Heckman and Tyler Ebbeskotte from Glandorf Elementary; Kelsey Miller from Continental; Abigail Hilvers and Alexis Thorbahn from Ottoville; Victoria Warnecke from St. Anthony’s; and Abby Schroeder from Miller City-New Cleveland. These students received plaques for their accomplishments.
The Regional Science Fair will be held at Northwest State Community College in Archbold on March 2. Students who earned superior or high excellent ratings at the county fair are eligible to advance to the District Science Fair, which will be held at Ohio Northern University on March 23. If students receive high enough ratings at these fairs, they are eligible to compete at the State Science Day, hosted by The Ohio State University, on May 11, where over $4.3 million in scholarships are available.
Special thanks was given to the administration and staff of Ottawa-Glandorf Local Schools for hosting the 2013 Putnam County Science Fair, including Kevin Brinkman, superintendent; Scott Ketner, elementary school principal; and Ted Elliot, technology coordinator. Thanks also went out to the staff at Glandorf Elementary School, including the cafeteria and janitorial staff, PTO and the Student Council. Finally, a special thank you to Norm Schnipke, Tina Basinger, Marita Deatrick, Deb Schroeder, Gary Herman and Dr. Jan Osborn for all of their help behind the scenes.
The Putnam County Science Fair is coordinated by the Putnam County Educational Service Center and science teachers from several districts within the county.
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