2020 Science Fair

All Bessemer Academy students in grades 6-12 complete a science fair project each year to compete in our local science fair. This year, the Rebels set a new record of 305 projects. That’s 305 students devoting time to learn in unique, hands-on ways, following the scientific process from start to finish.

Local Fair Winners

Elementary Science Fair Winners
6th Grade Physical Science
Honorable Mention — Speedy Shoes by Akil Lyons
Honorable Mention — How Levers Work by Reed Newton
3rd –– Glue’s In by Nola McArdle 
2nd –– What’s Fizzing by Destiny Hammond
1st — Ice, Ice Maybe by Olivia Jacobs 
 
6th Grade Biological Science 
3rd –– Inheritance Traits by Demetrius Coleman 
2nd –– How the Immune System Uses Its Memory by Lexie Price 
1st — Puppy Kisses? I Think Not! by Cameron Boothe 
Middle School Winners
7th Grade Physical Science
Honorable Mention — It’s Shocking! by Harrison Hudgins 
Honorable Mention — Brand vs Flavor by Aidyn Langston 
3rd — What Makes a Boat Stronger? by Cole Foster
2nd — Hot Fashion by Harper Rawls
1st — Yummy Gummy Bears by Libby Salter
 
7th Grade Biological Science
Honorable Mention — The Deer Bait Debate by Blayne Robinson 
3rd — To Fertilize or Not by Logan Maddox
2nd — How Safe is the Water You Swim in? by Jacob Brister
1st — What Does Hand-dominance Say About You? by Elizabeth Perkins 
 
8th Physical Science
3rd –– 9MM by Joshua Hogeland 
2nd –– It’s Getting Hot by Trent Popee
1st –– The Effect of Increasing Arrow Weight by Hayden Bradley
1st –– Does the Type of Bat Affect How Far You Hit the Ball? by Conner Leatherman
 
8th Biological Science
Honorable Mention — To Grow or Not to Grow by Cate Snider
3rd –– Whitening Teeth by Tabitha Wade
2nd –– What You Don’t See by Stewart Hamilton
1st — Smoking vs Vape by Ben Hill
High School Winners
9th Grade Biological Science
Honorable Mention — How will Your heart Respond? by Tyce Jones
Honorable Mention — Touch, Sound, Reaction by Maggie Rocksvold
3rd — Skin Care Battle: Natural vs. Store Bought by Taylor Morgan
2nd — Horse of a Different Color by Ty Fleming
1st — They’re not Sticking by Sara Spurgeon
 
9th Grade Physical Science 
Honorable Mention — Can We Recycle Plastics and Make Bricks Stronger by Hannah Castle
Honorable Mention — Which Bat Hits a Ball Farther Wood or Aluminum by Brody 
Blackwell
Honorable Mention — BBCOR vs 1.15 BPF by Luke Anderson
3rd — 3D Strength by Elijah Absher 
2nd — Collapsible Safety Barrier for Schools by David Snodgrass
1st — Antacids and Orange Juice pH by Bella Bradley
 
10th Grade Biological Science
Honorable Mention — Laughing Gas & Venus Fly Traps by Princess Norris
Honorable Mention — Are Chemicals Essential? by Grace Bradley
Honorable Mention — Do Phosphate Levels Increase After Rainfall? by 
Jakyla Noble
3rd — Bathroom Bacteria: Girls v Boys by Victoria Miller
2nd — The X-Ray Factor by Tristen Sellers
1st — Generating Electricity in Mud by Julianna Bloch
 
10th Grade Physical Science
Honorable Mention — Weighed Down by  Eli Boissel
Honorable Mention — Comparing Emissions by Evan Jones
3rd — Ballistic Trajectory by Tanner Weeks
2nd — Following the Fingerprints by Maison Popee
1st — Which H2O is Best For You by Emma Brister
 
11th Grade Biological Science
Honorable Mention — Where’s the Sun? by Connor Barnett
Honorable Mention — 10 g/l? 30 g/l? 50 g/l? by Sarah Carrell
3rd — A Tad Too Much by Averie Blackwell
2nd — Battling Bacteria by Alyssa Lawley
1st — Does Trying to Get Gains Affect Your Heart Rate? by Alleigh Oswalt 
 
11th Grade Physical Science
Honorable Mention — Quality Control in RC Cars by KC Harrison
Honorable Mention — Trash to Gas by Colby Kelly
3rd — Sign or Light by Dylan Lee (District)
2nd — Dyed Drinks by Mikayla Criss (District- placed 3rd)
1st — Peroxidase and Catalase Activity by Kaitlin Harris (District- placed 
2nd)
 
12th Grade Biological Science
Honorable Mention — Aeration vs No-Aeration Farming by Klaeton Colburn
Honorable Mention — Do you Judge a Book by Its Cover by Jonathan 
Harris
Honorable Mention — Listening, Looking and Learning by Lindsey 
McCullough
Honorable Mention — The Toxicity of Carbon Nanotubes by Kaitlyn Mauldin
3rd — How Does Methanol Effect the Growth Rate of Plants by Grace 
Barrentine
2nd — Pain Meds Kill My Liver? by Alexis Oliver (District)
1st — Can You Find the Difference? by Anna Jayde Zilinskas (District)
 
12th Grade Physical Science
Honorable Mention — Electric Energy Drink by Erin Lindley
Honorable Mention — Basketball Brand Matters by Chris Workman
Honorable Mention — Artificial Intelligence by Judson Hogeland
3rd — Is High Octane Better by Coby Wallace
2nd — Fishing Rod Length by Riley Miller
1st — Drive Speed by Andrew Lawley  
 

District Fair Representatives and Winners

Each school in the region selects 3 winners from each division (elementary, middle, and high school) to compete in the district science fair. Bessemer Academy hosted this year’s district fair and walked away with a few more ribbons. Those winners went on to compete in the state fair.

Middle School District Representatives
Elementary Physical Science
Glue’s In by Nola McArdle 
What’s Fizzing by Destiny Hammond
Ice, Ice Maybe by Olivia Jacobs 
 
Elementary Biological Science
Inheritance Traits by Demetrius Coleman 
How the Immune System Uses Its Memory by Lexie Price 
Puppy Kisses? I Think Not! by Cameron Boothe 
 
Middle School Physical Science
Hot Fashion by Harper Rawls
Yummy Gummy Bears by Libby Salter 
The Effect of Increasing Arrow Weight by Hayden Bradley
Does the Type of Bat Affect How Far You Hit the Ball? by Conner Leatherman
 
Middle School Biological Science
How Safe is the Water You Swim in? by Jacob Brister
What Does Hand-dominance Say About You? by Elizabeth Perkins
Smoking vs Vape by Ben Hill
High School District Representatives
High School Physical Science
They’re not Sticking by Sara Spurgeon
First place – Does Trying to Get Gains Affect Your Heart Rate? by Alleigh Oswalt 
Pain Meds Kill My Liver? by Alexis Oliver
Can You Find the Difference? by Anna Jayde Zilinskas
 
High School Biological Science
Sign or Light by Dylan Lee
Third place – Dyed Drinks by Mikayla Criss
Second place – Peroxidase and Catalase Activity by Kaitlin Harris
 

State Fair Winners

Mikayla Criss and Kaitlin Harris showing off their awards

Bessemer Academy had three winners from the district fair move on to the state competition. Two of those came home with awards! Mikayla Criss won 3rd place in the High School Biological division, and Kaitlin Harris was named State Champion for the same division! Alleigh Oswalt also represented BA in the Physical division.

How we feel when hard work pays off!