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Science Fair returns to Moffett School after hiatus caused by historic flood and pandemic

Moffett Science Fair1st place winner Madalynn Williams

Monday, April 4, 2022 - On Wednesday, March 30, Moffett School held a science fair for students in grades 5-8. The school had 86 participants who completed projects and presented them to judges, staff, and parents.

Moffett School Principal and eighth grade science teacher Eddie Smith said, "This is the first science fair for Moffett students since 2019. We had a lot of really great projects turned in, and the scores were extremely close, especially for those in the top twenty. "

Madalynn Williams took first place this year with her project, "If you're hot, you're hot." Williams tested whether or not the color of a uniform would create additional heat. Williams is in Mrs. Chanda Price’s sixth grade class and received $100 for her first-place project. Price said, "I am so proud of Maddi! She was able to base her project on something that related to her life, and it paid off. "

Second place went to Malee Reichert (pictured above) for her "cupcake" project. Reichert tested how supplementing ingredients affects process by cooking cupcakes. Reichert is in Mr. Eddie Smith’s eighth grade class and received $50.00 for her second-place project. Smith said, "Malee did a great job and showed her results clearly and accurately through her presentation."

The third-place winner went to Abigail Goodwin (pictured above) with her "Gummy Bear" project. Goodwin tested whether or not gummy bears would grow by placing them individually in vinegar, water, sprite, salt water, and sugar water. Goodwin is in Mrs. Ramona Fleetwood’s fifth grade class and received $25.00 for taking third place. Fleetwood said, "Abigail put a lot of time, detail, and hard work into developing her project, and I’m very proud of her."

The flood in 2019 caused the school to delay the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Then along came COVID, which shut schools down during spring break for the remainder of the school year. COVID then lingered into the next school year, making school events impossible to schedule.

So, for many, this may sound like a typical science fair, but for the staff, students, and administration at Moffett School, it was a feeling of something more. It was the feeling of normality finally settling in, which is something they have not been able to experience since 2019.

Judges for the event were Greg Reynolds, Mike Earls, and Lindsie Dyer.

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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