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Kingsbury scores big in science contest

William Ferchland

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Kingsbury Middle School students who participated in the science fair are, front l-r, Mika Kuntz-Hight, Ellie McCall, Taryn Bourne, Sammy Rupp, Caranina Palmino and Kira Smith, Middle l-r, Allen McCleod, Savannah Amos, Liam Ehler, Shannon Marshall, Jillian Dauscher and Kelsey Smith. Back l-r, Alex Vogt, Riana Cerceo, Karin Sharon, Jacquelyn Baines, Lauren Andrew, Sam Harris, Morgan King and Carleigh Dauscher.

At a Reno science fair with 100 other schools, Kingsbury Middle School, with its 160 students, likely had the “small fish in a big pond” feeling.

But the small fish came away the big winner at the Western Nevada Regional Science and Engineering Fair as the school entered 12 projects, receiving nine awards.

It was the most awards given to a school in the competition that occurred from March 16-18.

“It was a great day for science at KMS,” teacher Roger Kramer stated.

Awards ranged from honorable mentions to top honors and recognition from the US Navy. Projects were also diverse. Names for some of the projects included “Which Ice-Melting Substance Should be Used,” “Do Different Aromas Effect Someone’s Heart Rate,” “The Ultimate Pet Fish” and “The Effect of Weight on a Hovercraft.”

Eighth-graders Carleigh Dauscher, Morgan King and Kelsey Smith received first-place for their project on bread mold.

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“We just did the most generic project and elaborated on it,” Smith said.

“It’s boring,” King said.

“It’s bread mold,” replied Dauscher.

“It’s like watching paint dry,” Smith assured.

Allen McLeod focused on an interested for his project on the aerodynamics of slot cars, which he has a track for at his house. His awards included second place in the General Electric category involving engineering and recognition from the US Navy.

“I didn’t expect any of that,” McLeod said. “I just did it to have fun and do something no one else did.”

King was proud of her fellow students’ accomplishments.

“Considering we’re such a small school and did so well it’s really cool,” she said.