The Hernando County Science and Engineer Fair took place on Feb. 7 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds in Brooksville. On Feb. 13, the students placed at the junior (middle school) and senior (high school) levels. One-hundred-eleven students participated in the district fair from both public and private schools.
Here are the Hernando County Regional Science and Engineering Fair winners:
Senior Division (high school)
Botany: second place-Joy Anatala, Springstead High.
Behavioral science: first place-Bailey Brannan, Weeki Wachee High; second place-Amanda Le Claire, Springstead High.
Math: second place-Celine Cui, Hernando Christian Academy.
Environmental: first place-Nicole Sills, home school; second place-Taylor Rejsek, Nature Coast Technical High.
Engineering: third place-Dominic Anatala, Springstead High.
Medicine/health: first place-Delany Rose Ahrens, Hernando High; second place-Natalia Sidhom, Springstead High.
Physics: first place-Allyson Fielder, Springstead High; second place-Kristina McCane, Springstead High; third place-Matthew Anoos, Springstead High.
Zoology: first place-Addison Hilyard, Central High; second place-Vasu Malhotra, Springstead High; third place-Savanna Wells, Hernando High; third place-Ahmad Samad, Springstead High.
Junior Division (middle school)
Botany: first place-Brett Maharaj, Challenger K-8; second place-Carolyn Shrader, Methodist School Center; third place-Haley Neuhausen, Powell Middle.
Behavioral science: first place-Ivey Whitaker, Parrott Middle; second place-Grace Andress, Challenger K-8; third place-Gabrielle Boswell, Winding Waters K-8.
Chemistry: first place (tie)-Charles Buckner and Jordyn Ranfone, Challenger K-8; second place (tie)-Karli Kimbrough and Ava Gomez, Challenger K-8; third place (tie)-Nicholas Petters, Hernando Christian Academy, and Aya Beilani, J.D. Floyd K-8.
Earth/space: first place-Billy Marquis, Challenger K-8; second place-Asra Sami, Challenger K-8.
Environmental: first place-Holden Jung, Challenger K-8; second place-Alexander Haley, J.D. Floyd K-8; third place-Emily Carr, Challenger K-8.
Engineering: third place-Dylan Kelly, Winding Waters K-8.
Medicine/health: first place-Eduardo Davila-Garcia, Challenger K-8; second place-Olivia Guerin, Challenger K-8; third place (tie)-Sidney Dill and Katie Sinsko, Challenger K-8.
Microbiology: first place-Basima Ali, Challenger K-8; second place-Joshua Wickstead, J.D. Floyd K-8.
Physics: first place (tie)-Carl Boutin, Challenger K-8, and Heather Jacobs, Methodist School Center; second place (tie)-Kaycee Steinman, Parrott Middle, and Kareem Zuhdi, Challenger K-8; third place (tie)-Kanishka Ekanayake and Raleigh Forbell, Challenger K-8.
Zoology: first place-Nathaniel Toler, Challenger K-8; third place-Madison Zernick, Winding Waters K-8.
Students advancing to State Science Fair
Students eligible to represent Hernando County at State Science Fair in Lakeland, March 26 to 28.
Ivey Whitaker, Parrott Middle; Heather Jacobs, Methodist School Center; Alexander Haley, J.D. Floyd K-8; Holden Jung, Brett Maharaj, Sidney Dill, Eduardo Davila-Garcia, Olivia Guerin, Katie Sinsko, Ammar Ali, Basima Ali, Carl Boutin, Nathaniel Toler, Charles Buckner, Jordyn Ranfone, Billy Marquis, Asra Sami and Emily Carr, Challenger K-8 Magnet/Quest Academy.
Allyson Fielder, Springstead High; Taylor Rejsek, Nature Coast Technical High; Addison Hilyard, Central High; Delaney Rose Ahrens, Hernando High; Bailey Brannan, Weeki Wachie High School, and Nicole Sills, home school.