ACOM Hosts 2022 Wiregrass District Science Fair

The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) held the 2022 Wiregrass District Science Fair on Friday, January 28, at the National Peanut Festival in Dothan. This year’s event showcased approximately 100 elementary, middle and high school projects from Geneva and Houston counties.

The District Science Fair is an important event that gives students the opportunity to showcase what they have learned in their appropriate level math and science courses. Middle and high school students can progress to the Regional and State Fairs. High school State Fair winners can move on to the virtual Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) to be held May 8-13, 2022. The event helps elementary school students learn the process of science fairs and gain experience in oral presentations, with the hope of inspiring them to participate throughout middle and high school. ACOM engaged schools and teachers across the region to encourage participation in the District Science Fair. This year, 14 elementary, middle and high schools participated.

ACOM established the Wiregrass District Science Fair in 2015, and to date, it continues to be one of the college’s largest annual community outreach initiatives. An integral part of this initiative is student mentorship. Each year, medical students serve as mentors for school-age children through the project development process, with the goal of encouraging future careers in science and healthcare fields.

A complete list of 2022 fair winners is included below.

4th & 5th Grade Projects

AWARD Place Project Name Student(s) School
4th & 5th Grade Overall Best in Show Best in Show Do Boys or Girls Have Better Reflexes? Om Patel, Amelia Bradford Carver School for Mathematics, Science & Technology
Individual – First Place 1st Caffeine Affects Typing Speed Jayceton Herring Mulkey Elementary
Individual – Second Place 2nd Ice Melt Down Gabriella Stewart Heard Elementary
Individual – Third Place 3rd Does Caffeine Affect the Heart Kameron Jackson Kelly Springs Elementary
Individual – Honorable Mention HM Soil Erosion Kyra Tolley Carver School for Mathematics, Science & Technology
Individual – Honorable Mention HM Separating Oil and Water with Magnets Jesse Bailey Slocomb Elementary
Individual – Best Oral Presentation Best Oral Presentation Wifi Whys Cooper White Mulkey Elementary
Individual – Best Poster Display Best Poster Display Magnetic Repulsion Kaylani Perry Heard Elementary
Group – First Place 1st Do Boys or Girls Have Better Reflexes? Om Patel, Amelia Bradford Carver School for Mathematics, Science & Technology
Group – Second Place 2nd Which Drink Has the Highest pH level? Joshua Senn, Devan Brewer Carver School for Mathematics, Science & Technology
Group – Third Place 3rd Washing Apples Conner Gillo, Kennedy Parrish, Collin Vickers Mulkey Elementary
Group – Honorable Mention HM Got Milk? Mi’Angel Russ, Paradise Battle Girard Intermediate
Group – Best Oral Presentation Best Oral Presentation Flying Cars Jaida Fitzpatrick, Emmanuel Ealy, Azaria McKinnon, Anthony Crago Selma Street Elementary
Group – Best Poster Display Best Poster Display The Boujee Bakery Erin Devine, Hunter Ash Slocomb Elementary

6th – 12th Grade Projects

AWARD Place Project Name Student(s) School
Best in Show Best in Show Afterimages Drake Randolph Carver School for Mathematics, Science & Technology
Animal, plant, computational, and bioinformation 1st Afterimages Drake Randolph Carver School for Mathematics, Science & Technology
Animal, plant, computational, and bioinformation 2nd The Fly Buffet Mary Kate Gowen Dothan Preparatory Academy
Animal, plant, computational, and bioinformation 3rd How does the affect of sulforaphane grow on tadpoles’ hind legs? Devin Flowers Jerry Lee Faine Elementary
Animal, plant, computational, and bioinformation HM Which salinity solution is best for raising Brine Shrimp Maurice Robinson Jerry Lee Faine Elementary
Behavioral and Social Science 1st Does playing VR games help or damage your hand-eye coordination? Elijah Dumas, Tyler Evenhuis Highlands Elementary
Behavioral and Social Science 1st “Social Smarties” Nautica Knight, Erin McKinley, Anna Lee Steltenphol Highlands Elementary
Behavioral and Social Science 2nd Taste My Rainbow Maqwan Fleming Beverlye Intermediate
Behavioral and Social Science 3rd Do Video Games Affect Memory? Noah Parkman, William Smith Highlands Elementary
Cellular, molecular, microbiology 1st Which Disinfectant is Best at Killing Germs? Christian Harrison Highlands Elementary
Cellular, molecular, microbiology 2nd 5 Second Rule Elizabeth Brantley Highlands Elementary
Chemistry 1st SHAMPOO – Store bought or homemade; Which is better for your hair? Drinda Coachman Dothan High School
Chemistry 1st A Gut Feeling Joseph Hathaway Dothan Preparatory Academy
Chemistry 2nd Milk to Plastic Jada Mitchell Carver 9th Grade Academy
Chemistry 2nd How Do Different Liquids Affect Rusty Nails? Adam Arafat, Nolan Wood Highlands Elementary
Chemistry 3rd Elephant Toothpaste Santiago Gigliotti Kelly Springs Elementary
Chemistry HM Geode Eggsperiment Lacey Chapman Highlands Elementary
Earth and environmental science 1st Pollution Evolution Ella Stephens, Rowynn Sullivan Highlands Elementary
Earth and environmental science 2nd “Weed Worker” Alyssa Dalton Highlands Elementary
Earth and environmental science 2nd Egg in a Bottle Experiment Colton Register, Keely Weber Highlands Elementary
Earth and environmental science 3rd Solar Oven Christian McKay Carver School for Mathematics, Science & Technology
Energy, Sustainable material and Design 1st Is it Worth the Money? Abigail Baxley, Ella Burgess Highlands Elementary
Energy, Sustainable material and Design 2nd Can you use magnetic fields to power a light bulb? Om Mohan, Syed Taha Dothan Preparatory Academy
Energy, Sustainable material and Design 3rd Does Temperature Affect a Magnet’s Strength? Tyler Smith, Max McCabe, Davis Langford Carver School for Mathematics, Science & Technology
Energy, Sustainable material and Design HM How do different rocket fins affect a rocket’s flight? Orion Salvador Highlands Elementary
Engineering Mechanics 1st Battery Brainiacs Logan Burkett, Jacob Champlin, Marshall Craft Highlands Elementary
Engineering Mechanics 1st Rock the Boat Sterling Logsdon Carver School for Mathematics, Science & Technology
Engineering Mechanics 2nd Robohand Kaelyn Pettway Carver School for Mathematics, Science & Technology
Engineering Mechanics 3rd Parachute Sizes Delroy Williams, Matthew Forsey, Peyton Dulaney Selma Street Elementary
Engineering Mechanics HM Riding on Air Ezekiel Young, Cameron Utterback, Jacob Johnson, K’Mori White-Walker Carver School for Mathematics, Science & Technology
Medicine and Health Sciences 1st Electrolyte Challenge Evan Dunn, Ethan Pemberton Highlands Elementary
Medicine and Health Sciences 2nd How do masks affect students’ test grades? Sofia Baldwin, Isabel Farmer Highlands Elementary
Medicine and Health Sciences 3rd Is the 5 Second Food Rule True? Max Mitchell Carver School for Mathematics, Science & Technology
Medicine and Health Sciences HM Tooth Enamel Jadyn Hutchins, Kiley Howard Morris Slingluff Elementary
Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics and Materials 1st Does Different Style Grip Affect a Golfer’s Swing? Carter Bright Carver School for Mathematics, Science & Technology
Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics and Materials 1st Batter’s Up! Kason Cochrane, Luke Woodham, Rylan Wozniak Highlands Elementary
Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics and Materials 2nd Make the Wind Work for You Barron Cowart, Houston Fetsko, Zeke Slingluff Carver School for Mathematics, Science & Technology
Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics and Materials 2nd Which filtration material leads to the best drinking water? Lyriq Caldwell Jerry Lee Faine Elementary
Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics and Materials HM How Does the Size of the Ball Affect the Distance the Ball Travels? Xander Vasquez Carver School for Mathematics, Science & Technology

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