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April 6-- At the 65th Annual University of Georgia State Science and Engineering Fair, all 3 Vidalia High School science teams placed among the top 4 in their categories.  There were 325 high school projects with an average of 40 projects in each category.


{mosimage}(L-R) Jarred Fountain, Jake Everett, faculty sponsor Jeff Ikner, Zeel Meehta,

Maja Mitchell and Caroline Smith.


         Jarred Fountain placed fourth overall in Engineering and received the Georgia Foundation Award for having the best project in Engineering.  He was also interviewed by a GaTech professor and informed that if he continued with the Science Fair, he would receive a personal recommendation from him for the GaTech School of Engineering.  Jarred reinvented the wheel by designing aluminum cylinders that are capable of withstanding the extreme temperature ranges in the martian atmosphere.  Jarred placed Second at the Savannah Regional Competition in order to qualify for State. 

          Ben Flamm and Jake Everett placed 3rd in Physics.  Ben will be attending GaTech in the fall to major in Engineering.  Ben and Jake designed, built, and collected data over how efficient airplane wings would be if designed based on aquatic features.  Ben and Jake placed first at the Savannah Region Competition in Physics. 

          Caroline Smith and Maja Mitchell placed 2nd in Biochemistry by making plastic from corn for a sustainable dome habitat on Mars.  Caroline was accepted to UGA to dual major in biology and chemistry.  Maja will be attending an art institute in Texas.  They placed first in the Region Competition.

          Zeel Mehta placed 2nd in Microbiology for slowing the rate of microbial growth in corn.  Zeel is an 8th grade student from J. R. Trippe and has competed in the Science Fair for two years already.