Students Place High in Regional Science Fair at UTK

Article from the East Tennessee Catholic

Students at St. Mary School in Oak Ridge continued their tradition of success at the Southern Appalachian Science & Engineering Fair (SASEF), this year held virtually due to Covid-19 on March 30th, 2020.

The annual St. Mary School middle school science fair was held Feb. 6th. Projects were divided into two categories, biological and physical sciences. Awards were determined by an expert panel of judges representing local civic organizations, industry, and educational entities. Fourteen St. Mary students received awards, making them eligible to compete at the regional SASEF at the University of Tennessee on March 30th.

The SASEF is sponsored by UT and numerous local companies and agencies and draws students from 23 counties in East Tennessee. The goal of the fair is to promote teaching the scientific method in science, engineering, and math. Over the past 20 years, 13 St. Mary students have been named grand champion or reserve champion at SASEF.  This year, St. Mary’s had 6 students, representing 5 projects entered into the Fair and those 5 projects won a total of 7 awards.  The following awards were received this year by St. Mary’s Students:

  • THE SASEF LOCAL AWARD-Southern Appalachian Science and Science and Engineering Fair staff presents $50 cash awards and certificates and to our favorite projects:
    • Music to My Ears By: Maverick Queern
  •  Junior Division Honorable Mention –SASEF awards the distinction of honorable mention to those students whose projects were determined by the judges to be of exceptional merit.
    • Dropping Like Flies By: Tennison Barnes and Isabella Zolnierczuk
    • Music to My Ears By: Maverick Queern
    • Is it Worth Dying For? By: Sarah Duhamel
    • Set Them Up and Knock Them Down By: Jonas Tilson
  • Junior Division Certificate of Excellence Awards-The Certificate of Excellence Award is given to those students whose project was determined by the judges to be of exceptional merit and deserving of higher honors. Each Certificate of Excellence winner will receive at least $50.
    • There MITE BEE a Problem By: Victoria Corbett
  • Overall Junior Division Award Winners: $75 Award
    • 4th There MITE BEE a Problem By: Victoria Corbet