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Linden students learn value of experimentation

Students from Linden Elementary School, George P. Austin Junior High School and Linden High School participated in a city-wide science fair Friday. The schools hold the science fair twice a year, and more than 160 students participated this semester.

“We had record participation this year, and interest in the fair was very high,” said Terry Gosa, principal of Austin Junior High.

“The science fair gives students an opportunity to do a hands-on activity and to work towards a goal,” Gosa said. “It allows them to start an assignment and see it through.”

Held in Linden Elementary’s cafeteria, projects covered every inch of tabletop available.

“We may have to relocate to a larger location next year.” Gosa said, “Most likely to a gymnasium.”

Each project was judged on creativity, originality, content and appearance, and placed into divisions according to grade levels.

Winners from the elementary division were DeQuinton Bell, first place, for “It’s in the Drink;” Kathelin Bishop, second place, for “Swinging Cereal;” and Jasmyn Jones, third place, for “Volcano Erupt.”

Junior high division winners were Tiffany Burrell, first place, for “Get Rid of that Stain, Don’t Complain;” Jeremy Carr, Wilvonta Horton, Rodterrias Aldridge and Terris Lewis, second place, for “Bounty, the Quicker, Picker-Upper;” and Najee Bright, third place, for “H20 Electrolysis.”

The high school division was divided into five categories.

Biology: Samantha Jones, first place; Letece Price, second place; and JaQuitha LeDuff, third place. Environmental Science: Donnanique Washington, first place; Prince Lawson, second place; and Frederick Johnson, third place.

Physics: Jennifer Lucy, first place; Sean Richardson, second place; and Markell Hayes, third place. Chemistry: Jalisa Olds, first place; LaKendra Sims, second place; and Jateia Shields, third place. Physical Science: Cherell White, first place; Brittany Mack, second place; and Collette Butler, third place.