This year’s county science fair winners pose for a group shot. They now proceed to a statewide competition in L.A. (HCOE — Contributed)

The 36th Annual Humboldt County Doris Niles Science Fair was held March 18-22 at Humboldt State University. Over 300 students in grades four through 12 from over 30 Humboldt County schools entered more than 250 projects. Projects covered a variety of categories including: Life Science – Animals, Life Science – Botany, Earth/Space Science, Math/Engineering/Inventions and Physical Science.

The Awards Ceremony was held at Lumberjack Arena, March 22, where 100 medals and special awards were given to students from throughout the county.

“Eighteen of our brightest local science students are eagerly preparing for the California State Science and Engineering Fair,” coordinator Mel McGuire said. “These students will have the opportunity to showcase and compete with 900 other state students in Los Angeles. This is an amazing educational opportunity for our local students to present and share their findings with experts at the highest level. I’m proud of their work and wish them all luck.”

Science Fair coordinator Mel McGuire, left, accepts a sponsorship check from Eureka Rotary President-elect Carly Robbins. (HCOE — Contributed)

“Since 1984 students in Humboldt County have been involved in the science fair which offers a project-based learning experience that truly makes learning come to life,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Chris Hartley. “The Science Fair is not only a terrific opportunity to put the ‘scientific process’ to work but truly develops skills like time management, organization, problem solving, the power of creativity, being an independent learner and developing communication skills. These are the skills that truly bolster the education of any student and demonstrate that this program is absolutely one of the best learning experiences a student can undertake!”

Hartley said Humboldt County has amazing teachers, students, dedicated volunteers and community members.

“In order to make this event happen, it takes the dedication, time and energy of so many folks,” Hartley said. “Tremendous thanks to all who support students and embed science projects into their curriculum.”

Below is a list of students who won awards:

Charlotte Brands & Stella Pepper, sixth grade, Pacific Union; Faith Helms, sixth grade, Jacoby Creek; Lila Ekhodt, seventh grade, Freshwater Charter; Soquel MacDonald, seventh grade, Freshwater Charter; Sean Coontz, seventh grade, Jacoby Creek; Noah Macknicki, seventh grade, Kneeland; Solveig Lyssand, seventh grade, South Bay Charter; Ella Ivan, seventh grade, Jacoby Creek; Alexandra Morris, seventh grade, Pacific Union; John Gerving, eighth grade, Jacoby Creek; Caley Miller, eight grade, Kneeland; Raven Alvarez, eighth grade, Jacoby Creek; Zoe Macknicki, eighth grade, Kneeland; Korbyn Turney, ninth grade, Six Rivers Charter High; Vivian Gerstein, 10th grade, Arcata High; Amaya Bechler, 11th grade, Northcoast Preparatory Academy; Phoebe Durant, 12th grade, Six Rivers Charter High

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