Posted On: Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Lakewood City Schools' eighth-graders and freshmen excelled at the annual Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair held the week of March 14 at Cleveland State, led by Garfield Middle School's Evan Bell and Claire Martin and Harding Middle School's Emma Carson winning second-place awards in their categories.

Evan Bell earned his second-place award in Math and Computer Science and Claire Martin in the Chemistry category of the 7th/8th grade division. Garfield's Emma Hirsch and Brier Bracken won third-place awards in the Chemistry and Health & Medicine categories, respectively. Emma Carson earned her award in the Behavioral Science category.

Other Harding students earning recognition include Helena Dreger (Behavioral Science) and Kim Banak (Health & Medicine) with a third place. Earning honorable mentions were Ava Clause (Biology), Audrey Stahl (Behavioral Science), Julia Szentkiralyi (Chemistry), Payton Rossen and McKenzie Roe (Physics). Ava Clause and Halina Dreger also earned one of the many monetary special awards given by companies and organizations.

At the high school level, the following students earned recognition for their work: Tayt Armitage (third place plus special awards from the Great Lakes Science Center and the U.S. Navy and Marine Corp - Office of Naval Research); Nathan Bilski (third place); Abby Allio (honorable mention plus a special award from Water Environment Federation); Era Bakia (honorable mention and a special award from ASM International); Elizabeth Halko (honorable mention); Emily Perry (honorable mention plus special awards from Genius Olympiad; Northeastern Ohio Science & Engineering Fair Board of Directors).

Established in 1953, the Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair is a four-day event that brings together nearly 500 students from over 80 schools in the area set up their science fair displays, discuss their projects with 260+ judges and compete for more than $20,000 in prizes. One of the most rewarding aspects of NEOSEF is the opportunity for the students to discuss their research with professional scientists and engineers from the local area.

At the fair students compete in nine categories which are subdivided by grade levels. NEOSEF awards one first place, and multiple second place, third place and honorable mentions per subdivision. Students also compete for over 300 Special Awards totaling more than $15,000 that are donated by companies, societies and organizations.

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