The 2015 Bishop Donahue High School Science Fair was a huge success. With 41 high school exhibits, and 18 middle school exhibits, this year’s fair was the largest in school history. Students were required to take an in-depth, research-based approach to a topic that interested them. Ultimately, all participants were required to research and test variables related to their topic of interest, then draw conclusions while offering a new idea that supported their initial hypothesis, results, or both.
To complete their project, students worked a combined total of 625 hours in the classroom. This did not include time-on-task while at home, the library, or before/after school hours. At the fair, students were judged by professionals in the community that provided each with feedback for future experimentation. Students who earned 80% or more of the available points, have been recommended for advancement to the regional competition where they will compete for a highly coveted spot at the West Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair.
Ranked among the top exhibits were 13 Bishop Donahue Students. Freshmen, Riley DiLoretta and Cade Canestraro, earned honorable mention. Freshmen, Sarah Riedel, Clinton Whitelatch, and Patrick Malloy, and Sophomore, Madyson Keller, received a rating of “excellent” from the judge’s panel. Freshman, Madison Wiedebusch, placed 3rd overall with a “superior” rating from the judge’s panel. Freshmen, Mackenzie Gillis, placed 2nd overall with a “superior” rating from the judge’s panel. Also earning a “superior” rating from the judge’s panel were 7 students who tied for first place. All seven of these students received a perfect score. They were Freshmen, Brek Dimmick, Ulayna Hartley, Robert Chesonis, Isabel Reilly, Alyssa Ehni, Caroline Brannan, and Sophomore, Jennifer Richmond.
Special thanks to our judges who graciously volunteered their time and to B.D.H.S. staff member Mr. Jarett Kuhns, who organized the event.