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Pagosa students fare well at regional science fair, History Day

Pagosa Springs Middle School students scored high and came back with top regional placers and state qualifiers from the regional science fair and History Day.

At the regional science fair, held at the La Plata Fairground on March 1, the following sixth-grade students won awards:

Tate Hinger and Keanan Anderson took first place for their project “What’s the Delta T of a Two Can Stirling Engine?” in the team projects category. The project also received the DaVinci Award for best in show at grade level, the Durango Fire and Rescue award for creativity, the Durango Discover Museum Award and the Scientist Award for student demonstration of spirit within presentation. The Hinger and Anderson duo will be competing at the state science fair with their project.

Faith Ahlhardt and Jazmyn Reyes received second place in the teams project category for “The Crystal Radio.”

Liam Doctor placed third in the category for his project “Energy Flow.”

Kayla Nasralla and Claudia Hirons received honorable mention for their team project “Crazy for Ants.”

Eighth-graders also did well at the regional science fair.

Miah Pitcher took first place in the environmental science category for her project “Challenging the Lorax: A Study of Forest Health after Biomass Harvesting.”

Tanner Schlom took first place in the physics category for his project “Rail Gun Technology.”

Pitcher and Schlom will be advancing to the state science fair.

Molly Burkesmith took second place, qualifying her for state, in environmental science for her project “Iffy Effluent.”

Jessicah Wellman took third place in earth and space science.

Regional History Day competition took place March 1 at Fort Lewis College. The theme for this year was Revolution, Reaction and Reform.

Eight-grader Ian Roth placed first with his documentary “The Xinhai Revolution” and will move on to compete at state.

The seventh-grade team of Kori Mogesen, Haley Mitchell and Delaney Khung placed first in performance for “The Revolution of Women’s Right to Vote” and will also be competing at state.

Other seventh-graders that placed were:

Katreena Yeneza and Meghan Ellis, third place for their exhibit “The Polio Vaccine.”

Lilly McQuiggin, Madison Greenly and McKenna Moore, third place for their documentary “The Revolution of Women’s Right to Vote.”

Josh Keuning, Bryce Raymond and Hunter Thompson, fourth place for their documentary “The Negro Leagues.”

Owen Sutton received fifth place for his exhibit “The Cultural Revolution through the Lens of Star Trek.”

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