Twelve Pettisville students attended the 53rd annual Ohio Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposium at Bowling Green State University March 16-18. This statewide event annually showcases the best high school and junior high science students in the state of Ohio who have accomplished cutting-edge research in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Jordan Skates and Jacob Dennis were two of 24 students presenting PowerPoint presentations of research, including a 12-minute presentation and three minutes of questions by a panel of research scientists. The other 10 Pettisville students – Gretchen Lee, Kayla Wyse, Josh Bock, Aaron Rupp, Dalton Myers, Luke Young, Matthew Rupp, Kelly Miller, Anneli Shaw, and Jessie McWatters – presented posters from the field of their research to a BGSU professor.
Gretchen Lee won first place and a $50 Amazon gift card in the 9th-10th grade division of the poster session. Jordan Skates won the Thomas Alva Edison Award, which recognizes the best project using an innovative apparatus built by a student to use in conducting their experimentation, and $250.
Jacob Dennis’ project placed second alternate within the top seven paper presenters, and was awarded $100. Alternates get to represent Ohio at the National JSHS if a 1st-5th place winner cannot go. Jacob will attend National JSHS the last week of April and present his poster.
Sponsorship awards come from the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force; the Northwest Ohio Center for Excellence in STEM Education; BGSU’s College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, and Human Development, Department of Biological Sciences, Department of Chemistry, and Department of Physics and Astronomy. The Army Educational Outreach Program and the Academy of Applied Science sponsor the National JSHS as well as the 48 regional symposia.
The Ohio JSHS is patterned after research sessions at professional meetings where both paper and poster sessions take place. Over 100 students from throughout the state of Ohio presented their own original research on topics from all areas of science.
The top three paper presenters all receive scholarships, and the top five presenters receive an all-expense paid trip to the National JSHS in Dayton April 27-30. The top two Ohio presenters will present their research at the National JSHS for more scholarship opportunities. The third through fifth place paper awardees will represent Ohio in the Poster Session of the National JSHS.