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NCSS announces winners of 2019 District Science Fair
Eastside High School senior, Sydney Meeler, won first place in the microbiology category of the Newton County School System District Science Fair with her project, “Biological Pathways in DNA Reparation & Cancerous Division.” - photo by Submitted Photo

COVINGTON, Ga. — Newton County School System is pleased to announce the winners of the NCSS 2019 District Science Fair. 

All middle and high school students who earned first place awards will now move on to challenge students from Fayette, Henry, Griffin-Spalding, Butts, Pike, Lamar, and Thomaston Upson county schools at Griffin RESA Regional Science & Engineering Fair on February 6, 2020. (A small group of elementary students also participated in the district science fair to gain experience and exposure to the competition.)

“Congratulations to each of our science fair winners,” Samantha Fuhrey, superintendent of Newton County School System, said “I know that a lot of time and effort goes into researching and conducting science experiments for each project; I commend each of the students for taking the time to participate. I was very much impressed by the wide variety of projects on display at the science fair. Our students conducted some extremely high caliber experiments so I know our first place winners will represent Newton County School System well in the regional science fair.”

The following is a list of all Newton County School System Science Fair winners along with their project titles:


Ava Ricci, Fairview Elementary, fourth grade, You Should Not Have to “Carie” Your Teeth,  first place           

Aiden Walls, Mansfield Elementary,  third grade,  Which Liquid is Best?,  first place  

Payton Tremblay, South Salem Elementary,  fourth grade,  Hydrate Your Plants,  first place 

Josselin Zintzun, South Salem Elementary,  fifth grade, Erosion Revisited,  first place 

Tristian Rascoe, Live Oak Elementary, fifth grade,  What Keeps Apples from Turning Brown?,  first place  

Makayla Darnell, Heard-Mixon Elementary,  fifth grade,  You Got Pain-I Got the Answer, first place

Kaden O’Cain, Heard-Mixon Elementary,  third grade,  Egg-stra Stained,  first place

Katie Williams, Mansfield Elementary,  fifth grade,  Hydropower, first place

Kaylee Ransom, Live Oak Elementary,  fifth grade,  Can Your Plants Grow with Other Liquids?, second place

Elizabeth Mendez, Livingston Elementary,  fourth grade, Crazy Crystals, second place

Madeline Malone, South Salem Elementary,  fifth grade,  Avoid Halitosis for the Holidays, second place

Rob Thompson , East Newton Elementary, fifth grade, Payload Placement, second place  

Paul Farmer, East Newton Elementary,  fourth grade,  The Capillary Effect, third place 

Markita Little & Kaynise Hawkins , West Newton Elementary, fourth grade, Rocks, third place

Aliya Mason, Fairview Elementary,  fifth grade, Disappearing Act, third place

William Sharpe & Connor May, Newton County Theme School,  fifth grade,  Which Bridge is Standing Up?  , third place          

Middle School                      

Brooke Ellington, Newton County Theme School,  sixth grade,  Permanent or Not?, first place 

Megan McElhaney, Newton County Theme School,  sixth grade,  Color’s Effect on Temperature, first place 

Tucker Consuegra, Newton County Theme School, sixth grade,  What Type of Deer Bait Attracts the Most White-Tailed Deer?, first place 

Kenzie Thompson, Newton County Theme School,  eigth grade,  Can Bees be Detectives?, first place  

Nathaniel Stafford , Indian Creek Middle  , eigth grade,  Do Plants Respond More to Living or Nonliving Organisms?, first place

Katheryn Wilber, Newton County Theme School,  sixth grade,  Cover Your Cough, first place  

Chloe Icenhour , Newton County Theme School,  sixth grade,  Will Different Diets Affect Worm Casting Nutrients?, first place

Ava Middlebrooks, Indian Creek Middle,  sixth grade,  Can You Blame the Supplies or the Bakers?, first place

Christopher Camba, Cousins Middle, sixth grade,  How Does Current Affect LED Brightness?, first place

 Brooklynn Wescott , Indian Creek Middle, eigth grade, Does Candle Color Influence the Rate it Burns?, first place

Megan Ellington, Newton County Theme School, eigth grade,  What’s the Bright Idea?, first place

Jayden Wilson , Newton County Theme School, sixth grade,  How Resistant are Some Types of Water to Electricity?, first place 

Nathaniel Ehret, Newton County Theme School,  seventh grade, What Type of Bat Will Make a Batted Ball Go the Farthest?, first place

Sanaa Tripp & Galia Pittman, Clements Middle,  eigth grade,  Long Charger vs Short Charger  Energy: Physical, first place

Yakari Bryant & Donquitas Brittain, Jr., Indian Creek Middle, seventh grade, Want to Make A Video Game? Here’s How, second place

Kayla Plummer, Cousins Middle, eigth grade, Effects of Sodium Alginate and Spherification, second place

Tasha Sigrah, Indian Creek Middle,  seventh grade,  Does Good Music Equal Good Grades?, second place

Imari  Humphrey & Kayla McKenzie, Clements Middle,  eigth grade,  How Does Alka Seltzer Affect Your Body?, second place

Ausar Dukes & Jeron Tucker, Jr., Clements Middle,  eigth grade,  Easy Water, second place 

Aubrey Norton, Cousins Middle,  sixth grade,  How Much Preservatives are in Your Favorite French Fries?, second place

Jordan Allen & Riley Rawls, Indian Creek Middle,  seventh grade,  Name Brand vs Store Brand, second place

Miranda Leslie, Grace Yi, & Ashlyn Hoy, Indian Creek Middle, eigth grade, Does Color Have a Taste?, second place  

Grayson Carter & Joshua Stephenson, Cousins Middle,  eigth grade, What Makes a Good Aerodynamic Design?, second place 

Kalyn Hansen, Indian Creek Middle,  eigth grade,  What is Electrolysis and What Effect Does it Have on Metal Objects?, third place  

Jeslyn Cruz, Clements Middle,  eigth grade,  Can You Light up a Bulb With Water?, third place  

Kiawah Greene, Clements Middle,  seventh grade, Eco Gel vs Wet Line Extreme Gel, third place  

Kya Hinkson, Magina Cobbs & Khyndall Lambert, Clements Middle,  eigth grade,  Electrical: Conductivity, third place

Lawson Witcher & Kashoua Xiong, Cousins Middle,  eigth grade,  Rainbow Fire, third place  

Ariel Ray, Veterans Memorial Middle,  seventh grade,  Plant Growth, third place 

April Hernandez & Daniela Fajardo, Veterans Memorial Middle,  seventh grade,  Fruit and Mold, third place

Jordan Lee-Davis, Clements Middle, eigth grade,  Shrinking Chip Bag, third place  

Gabriel Williams & Jaelon Robson, Clements Middle,  eigth grade,   Wind Energy Production, third place  

Justin Dixon & Benjamin Lowe, Liberty Middle,  seventh grade,  Can a Balloon Power a Water Bottle?, third place 

Garnel Pierre, Liberty Middle,  seventh grade,  Bottled Up Buoyancy, third place 

Niya Mosley, Clements Middle,  eigth grade,  Is it as Advertised?, third place           

High School                      

Joshua Gore, Keyundre Mapp & Zakai Worrell, Newton High,  10th grade,  Ferro Fluid and Oil, first place

Bailey Smith & Max Gomes, Newton College & Career Academy,  10th grade,  Connections in Learning: GA Student Assessment, first place  

Skye Nash & Osamudia Omoregbe, Newton College & Career Academy,  11th grade, DNA Sequencing of Plants NAtive to Georgia  Cellular/Molecula, first place 

Joana Godinez & Arriana Gross, Newton High,  10th grade,  Observation of Memory, first place

Hadjiat Olushesi, Star Baker & Briyani Thompson, Newton High,  10th grade,  Burger Breakdownl, first place 

Natalia Sanchez & Gabriela Sanchez, Newton College & Career Academy,  11th gradr, 10  Feeding Red Worms: Type of Organic Waste Worms Compost Quickest , first place

Abigail Caceres & Jade Cofer, Newton College & Career Academy,  11th grade,  Does the Concentration of Carbohydrates Affect  Antibiotic Resistance?, first place

Briana Francis, Newton College & Career Academy,  tenth grade,  Exploring DNA Damage: Effects of Types of Sunscreen, first place 

Jamaree Brown & Tatom Curtis, Newton College & Career Academy,  10th grade, E. Coli vs Controlled UV Light, first place

Sydney Meeler, Eastside High, 12th grade,  Biological Pathways in DNA Reparation & Cancerous Division, first place 

Victoria Bailey & Caiden Newman  , Eastside High, 11th grade, In Living Color: Varying Wavelenghts of Light/Circadian Rhythms, first place 

Kellie Reynolds, Eastside High,  10th grade, Contrast Sensitivity in Relation to Light Intensity/Peripheral Vision, first place

Abigail Sugg, Newton College & Career Academy,  11th grade,  Bleak to Bright  Engineering, first place

Samuel Lent & Riley Poynter, Newton College & Career Academy,  10th grade,  Sound Proofing with Recyclable Materials  Materials, first place 

Christian Van Nipper, Newton College & Career Academy,  11th grade,  Blast Off!, first place  

Taylor Armstrong, Anthony Wilson & Anthony Stewart, Newton High,  10th grade,  Investigating our Surroundings, second place 

Jacqueline Munoz & Tyshanna Jones, Newton High,  10th grade,  Correlation Between Eggs and a Cupcake’s Height, second place  

Taylor Loyd, Lexi Cook & Ethan Hernandez, Newton High,  10th grade,  Differentiating Color, third place