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Forsyth students score at regional science fair

20 projects advance to state competition

POSTED: February 15, 2017 1:00 a.m.
For the Forsyth County News/

The youngest Forsyth County representative this year is Vinayak Menon, a sixth grader at Riverwatch Middle School.

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SOUTH FORSYTH -- Students from three high schools and three middle schools in Forsyth County were recognized for their science smarts last month.

South Forsyth High School hosted the 2017 Northwest Georgia Regional Science and Engineering Fair at the end of January, and the 20 projects represent 18 individual and two team projects, according to Kelly Price, director of academic standards for the school system and director of the regional event.

“It was a very competitive event, and we have great projects progressing to the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair,” Price said.

Forsyth County students moving to the state level competed among a total of 133 students in 92 individual and 20 team projects — teams can have up to three researchers in their group.

While most of the 22 students are in high school, the youngest Forsyth County representative this year is Vinayak Menon, a sixth grader at Riverwatch Middle School.

The regional fair is jointly directed by science program leaders at Forsyth County Schools and Cherokee County Schools and is open to students who live in Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Dade, Dawson, Fannin, Forsyth, Gilmer, Gordon, Lumpkin, Murray Pickens, Union, Walker and Whitfield counties.

Price said the competiveness was so high because of the “quality and complexity of student research as well as students’ judging interview skill.”

South, which is sending the most students in the county to the state level at 11 projects and 12 total students, won in categories including biomedical engineering, robotics and intelligent machines, earth and environmental sciences and translational medical sciences, according to Judy Hollandsworth, a 12th grade team lead and media relations teacher at the school.

Sudan Chitgopkar also received a special project award from Cobb EMC.

“The [fair] has a history of producing competitive state level student research projects,” she said.

The state fair is set for March 30 and April 1 at the University of Georgia.

Cherokee is sending 17 students to the state level, along with two from The King’s Academy and one from Jasper Middle School in Pickens County.


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