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Students shine in fair

Students who entered projects in the Citrus Regional Science and Engineering Fair were recognized for their achievements Thursday during ceremonies at Crystal River Mall.

Some 125 projects from students in middle and high schools were entered in the fair. In the senior division, Crystal River High School led the older students with 14 entries, while Citrus High had 11 projects, and Lecanto High entered eight. There were two entries from Withlacoochee Technical Institute.

The following students placed in the senior division:

Behavioral science, first place, Ryan Reinhart, Lecanto High School; second place, Cherie Marcus, Citrus High School; Biochemistry, first place, Wesley Worthington, Crystal River High School; second place, Kymberly Soluri, Crystal River High School; Botany, first place, Kristy Kazemfar, Crystal River High School; second place, Donna Hollis, Withlacoochee Technical Institute; third place, Jennifer Coyle, Crystal River High School; Chemistry, first place, James Costa and Sandy Partin, both of Lecanto High School; Computer Science, first place, Tom Livingston, Citrus High School; Earth/Space Science, first place, Megan Cossey, Crystal River High School; Engineering, first place, Ben Lev, Crystal River High School; second place, Andrew Lancaster, Citrus High School; Environmental Science, first place, Tom Hunt, Lecanto High School; second place, Danielle Moore, Crystal River High School; third place, Bill Bare, Lecanto High School; fourth place, Alice McKeown, Crystal River High School; Medicine and Health, first place, Michelle Marcus, Citrus High School; second place, Tobey Hunter, Citrus High School; Microbiology, first place, Maya Balakrishnan, Citrus High School; second place, Keerthi Kumar, Lecanto High School; Zoology, first place, Priya Balakrishnan, Citrus High School; second place, Jesse Stout, Citrus High School; Group Projects, first place, Keith Fass, Mike Bernabe and Mike Li, Crystal River High School; second place, Rhett Aultman and Grady Bernreuter, Citrus High School; third place, Ryan Herndon and Erin Rogers, Citrus High School; fourth place, Michele Cauffman and Mary Staten, Citrus High School.

Inverness Middle School led the junior division with 39 projects and was followed by Lecanto Middle School with 29 projects. Crystal River Middle School entered 14 projects, and there was a total of seven projects from Central Catholic School of Citrus County and Seven Rivers Christian School.

The following students placed in the junior division:

Behavioral Science, first place, Bret Biance, Inverness Middle School; second place, Kristen Neuman, Inverness Middle School; third place, Jonathan Deutschman, Inverness Middle School; fourth place, Jessica Smith, Crystal River Middle School; Biochemistry, first place, Brittany Johnson, Inverness Middle School; Botany, first place, Ryan Conrad, Inverness Middle School; second place, Brandon Shewey, Inverness Middle School; third place, Annaliese Jo Brennan-Kupper, Central Catholic School of Citrus County; fourth place, Mark O'Neal, Lecanto Middle School; Chemistry, first place, Danny Becker, Lecanto Middle School, and Richard Fitzpatrick, Central Catholic School of Citrus County; third place, Wendy Brown, Crystal River Middle School; fourth place, Wendy Pate, Crystal River Middle School; Computer Science, first place, Merry Williams, Lecanto Middle School; second place, Melissa Manninen, Lecanto Middle School; Earth/Space Science, first place, Holly Bryant, Inverness Middle School; second place, Neil Matharoo, Inverness Middle School; third place, Shannon Glaze, Invernerss Middle School; Engineering, first place, Craig Hildebrandt, Crystal River Middle School; second place, Leslie Brown, Crystal River Middle School; third place, Andy Wolfley, Lecanto Middle School; Environmental Science, first place, Abbi Schwartz, Inverness Middle School; second place, Chuck Senzee, Central Catholic School of Citrus County; third place, Crystal Kazemfar, Crystal River Middle School; fourth place, Ashley Wolf, Inverness Middle School; Mathematics, first place, Thackary Cooper, Lecanto Middle School; second place, Allyson Rawls, Inverness Middle School; Medicine and Health, first place, Melissa Schnee, Inverness Middle School; second place, Melanie Marcus, Inverness Middle School; third place, Shilpa Alugubelli, Lecanto Middle School; Microbiology, first place, Linda Lester, Lecanto Middle School; Physics, first place, Ryan Lovell, Lecanto Middle School; second place, Peter Stachowicz, Inverness Middle School; third place, Alan Ott, Inverness Middle School; fourth place, Joseph Meek, Central Catholic School of Citrus County; Zoology, first place, Sean Milliord, Inverness Middle School; second place, Josh Geer, Crystal River Middle School; third place, Angie Alden, Lecanto Middle School; fourth place, Patricia Mills, Lecanto Middle School; Group Projects, first place, Joe Grimaudo and Jimmy Manos, Inverness Middle School; second place, Melissa Herndon and Elizabeth Cook, Inverness Middle School; third place, Jason Beaudet and Nick Fournier, Inverness Middle School; fourth place, Misty Mayeu and Amanda Tsacrios, Lecanto Middle School.

Thirty certificates and special awards were given to students by more than a dozen educational, governmental, and private groups. Among those honoring the students were the National Council of Teachers of Math, Eastman Kodak Co., and military services.

In addition to awards, Benjamin Lev, of Crystal River High School, and Sandy Partin of Lecanto High School, were chosen to attend the international science fair in Birmingham, Ala., this spring. Twenty-three students and three alternates were chosen to attend the state science fair at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

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