PUTNAM COUNTY — Twenty Putnam County students participated in State
Science Day on Saturday, May 10. State Science Day at the Ohio State
University in Columbus is the pinnacle of student originated,
inquiry-based science education for Ohio’s students. Over 1,200 students
in grades 5-12 from across the state competed for $4 million in
scholarships available in State Science Fair competition. Competing were
students from over 300 schools across the State of Ohio.
teachers, and administrators representing five Putnam County schools
were present in Columbus for the 66th Annual State Science Fair
competition. Of the twenty students who presented their work for
evaluation by judges, eight received scores in the category of superior,
and eleven received scores of excellent, and one received a score of
Representing Fort Jennings Local Schools were Rachael
Luersman, Griffin Morman, Zachary Piasecki and Makenna Ricker. They are
mentored by their teachers Heather Harmon and Jeff Jostpile. Griffin
Morman received a second place certificate from The Ohio State
University Department of Plant Pathology.
City-New Cleveland Local School at State Science Day were Jeremy DeMuth,
Makenna Lehman, Emily Niese, Emma Recker, Abigail Schroeder, Dominic
Schroeder and Madison Schroeder. Their teachers are Toni Rieger and
Dustin Pester and Gina Schnipke. Jeremy DeMuth earned third place from
Ohio Water Environment Association which consisted of a certificate and a
$200 check. Jeremy’s project also earned him an entry in the Society
for Science & The Public and Broadcom MASTERS competition.
Ottoville Local School were Abigail Hilvers and Brittany Schleeter.
These students are mentored by their teachers Jeanne Bockey and Alicia
Haselman. Abigail earned a first place certificate in the 7-9 category
from Ohio Development Services Agency. Brittany earned first place from
Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane, Inc. which consisted of $1,000 cash award.
Representing St. Anthony of Padua Elementary School were Taylor
Ellerbrock, Rob Langhals, Michael Morman and Zachary Warnecke. These
students are supported by their teacher Deb Dulle. Representing Sacred
Heart Homeschool of Columbus Grove were Aneesa Langhals, Garrett
Langhals and Karenna Langhals. These students are mentored by their
teacher Pat Langhals. Karenna earned first place from The Ohio State
University, College of Medicine and Public Health and OSU Health Systems
which consisted of $500 award. She also won the first place award in
the field of Biomedical research/bioengineering and $400 from OSERA.
a year or more of scientific work on their projects, students are
evaluated in four major categories including knowledge achieved, use of
the scientific method, clarity of expression, and
originality/creativity. It is a monumental task for students to not only
make it to State Science Fair, but to compete with such success. It
takes many hours of dedication to prepare for this event by not only
students, but also parents (and other adult mentors), teachers and
school administration to complete this year of science work.