The Hernando County Science and Engineer Fair was Feb. 3 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds with 131 students participating. On Feb. 9, senior and junior category winners were announced. Students whose projects scored 140 points or more are eligible to compete at the State Science and Engineering Fair March 23-25 in Orlando.
Two students — Adam Schuster of Springstead High School and Addison Hilyard of Central High School —were selected to compete in the International Science Fair, May 8-15 in Los Angeles.
Senior (high school) division category winners.
First place: Laura Bennett, Springstead High.
First place: Baily Brannan, Weeki Wachee High; second place: Janet Ho, WWHS.
First place: Christine Sniffen, Nature Coast Technology High; second place: Sarina Singh, SHS; third place: Emily Hall, SHS.
First place: Ashley Roth, NCTHS.
First place: Kelsey Kolasa, Hernando High; second place: Shayanne Mumma, HHS.
Medicine and health
First place: Anna Clark, HHS; second place: Cheyenne Sowder, HHS.
First place: Adam Schuster, SHS; second place: Delaney Ahrens, HHS; third place: Sophia Sidhom, SHS.
First place: Dominic Rufa, SHS; second place: Henry Deslaureir, SHS; third place: Nicole Jacquot, SHS.
First place: Addison Hilyard, Central High School; second place: Nicole Cannon, HHS.
Junior (middle school) division category winners.
First place: Sabrina Impreso, Challenger K8; second place: MacKenzie Quinn, CK8; third place: Hanna Crider, Powell Middle School.
First place: Maggie Prestigiacomo, CK8; second place: Emily Ann McHugh, CK8; third place: Austin Smith, CK8.
First place (tie): Josh Crane, CK8, Natalia Sidhom, Hernando Christian Academy; second place (tie): Carolyn Shrader, Methodist School Center, Logan Ross, MSC; third place: Cheyenne Marshall, HCA.
First place: William Vonada, CK8; second place: Brett Maharaj, CK8; third place (tie): Ashton Hunter, CK8, and Alyson Galoci, CK8
First place: Holden Jung, CK8, second place: Rebecca Laing, CK8; third place (3-way tie): Taylor Rejsek, CK8, Chandler Griffin, CK8, Nicole Sills, homeschool.
First place: Joshua Carr, CK8 (Quest)
Medicine and health
First place: Rahne Skoglund, PMS; second place: Zachary Dill, CK8; third place: Garrett Jones, CK8.
First place (tie): Allyson Fielder, CK8, Kameron Faulkenberry, CK8; second place (tie): Cole Lanning, CK8, Ahmad Samad, Fox Chapel Middle School; third place (tie): Joe Lacyl, CK8, Stacey Flynn, PMS.
First place: Bryn Buckner, CK8; second place: Cole Kolasa, CK8; third place: Jack McKay, HCA.
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Students eligible to compete in the State Science Fair in Orlando, March 23-25.
Fox Chapel Middle School: Ahmad Samad; J.D. Floyd K8 School of Environmental Science: Annie McGrath; Home school: Nicole Sills; Challenger K8 School of Science and Mathematics: Sabrina Impreso, Rebecca Laing, Maggie Prestigiacomo, Holden Jung, Bryn Buckner, Cole Lanning, MacKenzie Quinn, William Vonada, Josh Crane, Emily McHugh, Chandler Griffin, Alexa Lacy, Taylor Rejsek, Allyson Fielder, Alyson Galoci, Brett Maharaj, Austin Smith, Garrett Jones, Zack Dill, Cole Kolasa; Powell Middle School: Rahne Skoglund.
Springstead High School: Adam Schuster, Sarina Singh; Nature Coast Technical High School: Christen Sniffen; Central High School: Addison Hilyard.
Best in Show: (middle school) Holden Jung, Challenger K8.
Best in Show: (high school) Addison Hilyard, Central HS.