Budding young scientists, emerging researchers, their friends, parents and supporters all gathered at Leipsic High School last Saturday for the 66th Annual Putnam County Science Fair. Pictured, students nervously share details on their projects as evaluators begin to make their rounds - Putnam Sentinel
Budding young scientists, emerging researchers, their friends, parents and supporters all gathered at Leipsic High School last Saturday for the 66th Annual Putnam County Science Fair. Pictured, students nervously share details on their projects as evaluators begin to make their rounds. (Putnam Sentinel/Steven Coburn-Griffis)

LEIPSIC — Saturday, Feb. 8, marked the 66th Annual Putnam County Science Fair, held at Leipsic Local Schools. In total, 106 projects were presented by Putnam County students in the 7th through 9th grades. Projects were judged on knowledge achieved, effective use of the scientific method, clarity of expression, and originality and creativity. Projects receiving a score of 36 to 40 (45 to 50 for teams) were awarded a Superior rating; those receiving scores of 24 to 35 (30 to 44 for teams) were awarded an Excellent rating; and those receiving scores of 12 to 23 (15 to 29 for teams) were awarded a Good rating.

This year, nine students earned a perfect score of 40 on their projects. Plaques awarded for their accomplishments were sponsored by Ottoville Bank Company, First National Bank of Pandora, First Federal Bank of the Midwest, and Fort Jennings State Bank. Award winners included:

• Nate Kamphaus, St. Anthony — How Do Plates and Camber Affexct Joints on a Warren Truss Bridge?

• Kellie Langhals, St. Anthony — How Does the Amount of Radon Gas Vary from Homes in Columbus Grove and Those Within a 5-Mile Radius?

• Mason German, Fort Jennings — Temperature Effect on Steel

• Emma Hoffman, Glandorf — Does the 20-20-20 Rule Counteract the Impact of Technology on a Person’s Visual Acuity?

• Cole Knippen, Ottoville — An “Iron”ically Good Breakfast

• Jacob Weichart, Fort Jennings — What Type of Livestock Bedding Absorbs the Most?

• Anthony Kahle, Glandorf — Do Hydroponically Grown Lettuce Plants Grow Larger and Faster than Soil Grown Plants?

• Madison Ricker, Fort Jennings — The Sweet Job of Yeast

• Savannah Heckman, Glandorf — Is Smiling Contagious?

Receiving superior ratings were 47 Putnam County students, including Corrie Schroeder, Troy Calvelage, Jocelyn Langhals, Jacob Wiechart, Collin Schnipke, Nicolette Inkrott, Carlie Knotts, Savannah Heckman, Katie Kaufman, Meline Peck, Madison Ricker, Cole Knippen, Braylon Smith, Colin White, Allie Kuhlman, Lauren Schulte, Erin Gustwiller, Kylee Lehman, Paige Turnwald, Emma Hoffman, Keelie Langhals, Madison Unverferth, Meredith Bockrath, Laura Doepker, Grace Rall, Katherine Krouse, Ady Miller, Alexandra Maag, Jarron Swick, Hallie Kamphaus, Ava Rosengarten, Abby Hohlbein, Wyatt German, Jackson Ricker, landon Horstman, Abby Hohlbein, Jackson Ricker, Bryce Gasser, Danielle Weyrauch, Ava Bockrath, Isaac Macke, Jayden Oliver, Mason German, Nate Kamphaus, Owen Calvelage, Alvin homier, Jayden Saxton, Eli Brown, Tessa Long, Brandon Warnecke, Taylor Wilhelm, Elizabeth Freund, Anthony Kahle, Haley Horstman, and Makayla Unterbrink.

A large variety of sponsored plaques and cash prizes were handed out in individual fields of entry. Special award categories, sponsors, and award winners included:

Advanced Scientist Challenge, High School — Jed & Mary Osborn & Putnam Educational Foundation

• Alvin Homier, Miller City

Agriculture — Ottawa Feed & Grain Co., Inc.

• Jacob Wiechart, Fort Jennings

• Caitlyn Moening, Glandorf Elementary

Animal Science — Mark and Margie Dresbach

• Jocelyn Langhals, Ottoville

Behavioral Science/Mental Health — Pathways Counseling Center & Putnam County Medical Association

• Savannah Heckman, Glandorf

• Morgan Maag, Glandorf

Alexandria Gardner, Kalida

Botany — Town & Country Flowers

• Jacob Siebeneck, Kalida

• Haley Horstman & Makayla Unterbrink, Ottoville

Chemistry — Tucker’s Pharmacy & Medical Mutual of Ohio

• Lydia Dickman, Fort Jennings

• Danielle Weyrauch — Fort Jennings

• Jackson Ricker & Landon Horstman, Ottoville

Conservation — Putnam County Soil & Water Conservation District & The Quarry Farm Nature Preserve & Conservation Farm

• Caitlyn Moening, Glandorf

• Ava Bockrath, Glandorf

• Morgan Siefker, Fort Jennings

Dairy — Jim Kieffer Family

• Troy Calvelage, Fort Jennings

Dental — Putnam County Dental Association - Dr. Thomas Siefker

• Lauren Schulte, Kalida

• Paige Turnwald, Ottoville

Ecological Conservation — K & L Ready Mix

• Grant Eversole, St. Anthony

• Caitlyn Moening, Glandorf

Effective use of Scientific Method — Verhoff Machine & Welding, Jim Kieffer Family, and Putnam County Medical Association

• Gavin Bryan, Leipsic

• Grace Morman, St. Anthony

• Kylee Lehman, Glandorf

Energy — K & L Ready Mix

• Isaac Macke, Glandorf

• Ava Bockrath, Glandorf

Engineering — Technicon Design Group, Inc.

• Eli Brown, Fort Jennings

• Nate Kamphaus, St. Anthony

Environmental — Glandorf Warehouse, Inc. & Nutrien Ag Solutions

• Jocelyn Langhals, Ottoville

• Owen Dube, Fort Jennings

• Jaleigh Nuveman, Miller City

Medical — Family Chiropractic Center - Dr. Brian Saxton & Medical Mutual of Ohio

• Cole Knippen, Ottoville

• Madison Ricker, Fort Jennings

• Meline Peck, Ottoville

Nutrition/Fitness/Health — Putnam County Health Department

• Lauren Schulte, Kalida

• Cole Knippen, Ottoville

Originality & Creativity — K & L Ready Mix

• Anthony Kahle, Glandorf

• Mason German, Fort Jennings

• Savannah Heckman, Glandorf

Outstanding Presentation — K & L Ready Mix

• Paige Turnwald, Ottoville

• Keelie Langhals, St. Anthony

Outstanding Report — Retired Teachers of Putnam County

• Andreya Swint, Ottoville

• Abby Hohlbein & Wyatt German, Ottoville

Outstanding Team Project — Jed & Mary Osborn & Putnam Educational Foundation

• Madison Unverferth & Meredith Bockrath, Kalida

Physics — Ottoville Hardware & Furniture Company and K & L Ready Mix

• Jayden Saxton, Ottoville

• Jarron Swick, Fort Jennings

Physiology/Human Health — St. Rita’s Ambulatory Care

• Keelie Langhals, St. Anthony

• Victoria Bendele, Kalida

• Emma Hoffman, Glandorf

Sight Related — Glandorf Lion’s Club & Ottawa Lion’s Club

• Kylee Lehman, Glandorf

• Emma Hoffman, Glandorf

Solid Waste Management — Putnam County Commissioners

• Owen Calvelage, Fort Jennings

Technology — Log On Computers - Mike Lammers

• Ian Howbert, Fort Jennings

Veterinary — Leipsic Veterinary Service

• Carson Gilchrist, Fort Jennings

Water Quality — Blanchard River Watershed Project

• Alexandra Maag, Fort Jennings

• Owen Clavelage, Fort Jennings

Young Scientist Challenge, Grades 6-8 — Jed & Mary Osborn & Putnam Educational Foudnation

• Megan Welch, Glandorf

Thank you to all of the following judges who volunteered their time for this wonderful event: Brian Beining, Roger Luersman, Becky & Dave Leader, Tricia Boss, Scott Walthour, Bonnie Brooks, Shawn Knodell, Toni Rieger, Bob Gerdeman, Grant Recker, Lyn Subler, Dr. Dean Walther, Amy Ricker, Keith Schierloh, Tom Diehl, Dr. Roger Minier, Robb Schultz, Jacob Honigford, Roger Von der Embse, Brendon Hovest, Lorissa Anne Meyer, Ron Honigford, Harold Gerten, Adam Schnipke, Matt Selhorst, Shane Coleman, Tim Wehri, Mike Lammers, Mike Jones, Rick Carder, Sarah Rieman, Brian Schroeder, Jackie Homan, Jeff Jostpille, Heather Harmon, Jeanne Wehri, and Nancy Kroeger.

Special thanks to the administration and staff of Leipsic Local Schools for hosting the 2020 Putnam County Science Fair, including Greag Williamson, superintendent; Brian Bennett, high school principal; Darren Henry, elementary school principal; and Sharon Siebeneck, technology coordinator. Additional thanks goes to the Leipsic cafeteria and janitorial staff and student volunteers. Finally, a special thank you to Marita Deatrick, Katelyn Gerding, Gary Herman, and Dr. Jan Osborn for all of their assistance and support throughout the Science Fair.

Next steps for students include the Regional and District Science Fairs, State Science Day, and International Science Fair. Regionals will be held at Northwest State Community College in Archbold on Saturday, Feb. 29, and Districts, held at Ohio Northern University, will take place on Saturday, March 21. I students receive high enough ratings at the District Science Fair, they are eligible to compete at the State Science Day, hosted by The Ohio State University, on Saturday, May 9. The International Science Fair will be held May 20 through 15 in Anaheim, California.

The Putnam County Science Fair is coordinated by the Putnam County Educational Service Center and science teachers from several districts within Putnam County.