All Pratt science entries qualify for state

Fran Brownell
Kansas State Science and Engineering Fair regional winners from UDS 382 who qualified to advance compete at the state-wide competition March 28 and 28 at Cessna Activity Center in Wichita pictured, left to right, are Charlie Mandl, Maisy Fields and Dylan Lehman, front row, and Bailey Kemp, Ryan Haas and Katelyn Downs, back row. Jenna Haas is not pictured.

All eight Pratt USD 382 students participating in the Regional Kansas State Science and Engineering Fair held at Wichita’s Exploration Place February 21 qualified for the KSSEF State Competition in March.

“We did great again this year,” said Lu Bitter, USD 382 District Science Coordinator. “We qualified everyone last year also.”

Students participating were fourth grade through senior high and will compete in the KSSEF Finals at Cessna Activity Center in Wichita on March 27 and 28.

Jenna Haas, Pratt High School freshman took first place in the High School Division for her project “Blood Glucose Response to Different Parts of Triticum Aestivum” and Ryan Hass, Liberty Middle School sixth grader, was the category winner for Earth and Environmental Science with his project “How Floods Affect Soil Nutrients.”

There were six winners from Southwest Elementary in the 4th and 5th Grade Division:

--Maisy Fields, fifth grade, 1st place in Division, Project “Saving the Lakes” and 1st in “Category Earth and Environmental Science.”

--Charlie Mandl, fourth grade, 2nd place in the Division and 1st in Category Plant Science, project “The effect of Hormone on Plants.”

--Allie Goemann, fifth grade, 3rd place in Division for project “Heavy Metal and Aquatic Life.”

--Bailey Kemp, fifth grade, category ribbon winner, project “ Aquatic Plants Effect on Dissolved Oxygen.”

-- Dylan Lehman, fifth grade, category ribbon winner, project “Seismic Waves Rocks.”

--Katelynn Downs, fourth grade, project “Riprap Speed Trap.”

The memorable day for the participating students started at 8 a.m. for booth setup and ended with 3:15 p.m. presentation of awards.

Six schools were represented with a total of 65 project entries, according to Bitter.