RES Students Earn Honors at Science Fairs

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Winners in the recent Rector Elementary School Science Fair were, from left: Front-Ethan Simmons, Landon Haywood, Evan Holmes, Carter Hill, Austin Simmons, Cooper Rabjohn, Kaley Isom, Sophia Hill and Jaxon Burns. Back-Makayla Owens, Emma Holmes, Cash Lindsey, Kallen Mabrey, Adam Holmes and Devin Burns.(courtesy photo)

Students at Rector Elementary School recently took part in a science fair at the school, with those in grades one through six submitting a number of interesting projects. The winners advanced to the regional science fair last week, and one RES student brought home first place honors overall.

“Knowledge gained, use of the scientific method, thoroughness, and accuracy of conclusions were some of the criteria used for awarding points,” fifth grade teacher Barbara Robertson explained. “First place winners were awarded $20, second place $15, third place $10 and the overall winner $25. The students who placed first, second, and third also went on to participate in the Northeast Arkansas Regional Science Fair held at Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge.”

She indicated the science fair is just one way Rector Elementary School promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics. “Occupations related to these areas are growing in the United States, therefore RES believes that giving students the opportunity to explore concepts related to these subjects will build their excitement and interest and hopefully lead them to pursue a job in one of these fields,” Robertson surmised.

The top entries from each group included--

For kindergarten through third grade first place went to Kellan Mabrey, second to Jaxon Burns and third to Adam Holmes with Devin Burns gaining an honorable mention.

Among the fourth grade entries first place went to Austin Simmons, second to Kaelyn Burns and third to Emma Holmes with Cash Lindsey named as an honorable mention.

Carter Hill took first in the fifth grade with Cooper Rabjohn second and Sophia Hill third. Named as an honorable mention was Makayla Owens.

The first place sixth grade entry came from Kaley Isom, with Evan Holmes earning second place honors and Landon Haywood as third. Ethan Simmons was named as an honorable mention selection.

Later in the week the top finishers took part in the NEARK Science Fair, with the entry by Evan Holmes named overall winner. The RES entries also brought home first place in first grade with the entry by Kellan Mabrey, first in fourth grade with the entry by Emma Holmes and first in sixth grade with the entry by Landon Haywood.

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