Coweta students excel at state science fair
by Celia Shortt
Two Coweta County students, Stephen Hess and Cortney Hutcheson, were recently honored at the 66th Georgia State Science and Engineering Fair at the University of Georgia.
Hess is a seventh-grader at Madras Middle School. He earned first place in the energy and transportation category, as well as Junior Division Second Honors, which goes to those students in the 75th to 90th in the overall fair. His teacher sponsor is Rhonda Lewis.
Hutcheson is a ninth-grader at East Coweta High School and her project focused on scrubbing carbon dioxide from car exhaust. At the state fair, she earned third honors in the senior division, a special award for outstanding research in engineering for materials and bioengineering, and the Ricoh Corporation Sustainable Development Award. Her teacher sponsor is Dekima Leaphart.
“Stephen and Cortney continue Coweta's history of excellence in academic competitions like the science fair,” said Donald White, science content specialist for the Coweta County School System.
“They emerged out of the largest field of competitors ever in Coweta history and overcame a challenging bunch of projects at the regional level.” Hess and Hutcheson were two of the more than 600 students participating in this year’s state science fair.
White appreciates their hard work and what it means for them. “The fact that they were chosen for the honors they received out of the more than 600 students speaks to their innovation and dedication to research,” he said. “They are to be commended as are their parents and teachers for supporting them.” “These projects continue Coweta’s history of excellence in student research,” he added.
Hess and Hutcheson were both the regional winners at the 2014 Coweta County Science and Engineering Fair held at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts earlier this year.