Young scientists medal at State

Courtesy photo Sixteen Pinedale Middle School students competed at the Wyoming State Science Fair at the University of Wyoming on March 5-7. Pictured in front, from left, are Oz Koci, Shealyn Bennett, Remedios Mata, Israel Bandin, Casi Ruch, Naomi Gaffney and Teagan Fildey. Pictured in back, from left, are science teacher Clare Rutar, Allessandra Goodsell, Ash Cooper, Taggart Harber, Gavin Bohnet, Maci Antonino, Oakley Francis, Aylen Mills, Samantha Prior, Juniper Dale and science teacher Devin Howard.

LARAMIE – Sixteen Pinedale Middle School students participated in the annual Wyoming State Science Fair hosted by the University of Wyoming on March 5-7. More than 150 students presented research projects after qualifying at regional fairs held throughout Wyoming in February.

Pinedale Middle School students returned from the event with a bag full of medals.

Ash Cooper’s invention of a portable coffee machine snagged first place in the engineering category. Judges selected Cooper’s project as one of the Top 5 at the fair, providing Cooper the opportunity to compete in the Fisher Junior Innovation Challenge against 300 other projects from across the United States.

Juniper Dale captured second place in the animal sciences category and earned a Bill Barlow Youth in Conservation Award.

Aylen Mills received the University of Wyoming Department of Math and Statistics Special Award.

Teagan Fildey and Naomi Gaffney achieved second place in the behavioral and social sciences category.

Samantha Prior garnered second place in the computer science category.

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