Science Fairs are a well known event in recent times, and Red Lion finally decided to take part in the cultural phenomenon.
On Jan. 24 Red Lion had its very first in-house science fair. Judging took place the previous day, Jan. 23 after school. The roster of judges included teachers, administrators, parents, and community members. The open house took place from two to three in the afternoon and awards were handed out by four.
In the senior division, Alec Gayrama was the grand champion. Allen Silks and Aston Shoup were the reserved grand champions of the senior division. In the Junior division, Vanessa Ficks was the grand champion. There was a tie between Jacob Lorenzen and Andrew Bacon for reserved grand champion of the junior division.
Mrs. Valerie Stone and Mrs. Amy Kilgore of Red Lion’s science department were the ones in charge. Most of their help was received from the Science Fair Club that was new to Red Lion this year.
Alec Gayrama is the president of the student run club, and also had a hand in its creation. The club takes place on both A and B weeks, and they understand if a member can’t come to every meeting.
“We hope to expand the club in the future. Hopefully to include junior high students, and possibly even elementary students,” said Mrs. Stone. She emphasized how much she believes in the club, and wants to make the in-house science fair a yearly event.
Viktoria Fry, a student member of the club, also encourages anyone interested in joining the club next year by saying, “We honestly became a tight-knit group. The club helps you make new friends.”
The club may also be helpful to put on resumes and help honors students plan for their own science fair project, said Mrs. Stone.
Mrs. Kilgore and Mrs. Stone are very pleased with their pool of judges they assembled even though it was a challenge. They include science board members and even college professors.
Honors students must participate in a science fair, but all high school students are also encouraged to come up with their own projects. Considering how well received this first fair went Mrs. Stone and Mrs. Kilgore are hoping to get enough participation to make the fair a regular event for many generations to come.