WEST PLAINS -- Approximately 60 students from five area schools, including Thayer, submitted projects in the 2006 Regional Science and Technology Fair April 7 at Missouri State University-West Plains.
The fair, hosted by the Missouri State-West Plains Natural Science, Math and Technology Departments, is designed to support and enhance science education in junior and senior high schools by serving as a way in which students can develop and participate in science projects.
"The quality of the students' projects this year was impressive and says a lot about the quality of science educators in our region," said events coordinator Jim McLeane, assistant professor of mathematics at Missouri State University-West Plains.
Categories in which students could enter projects included behavioral/social sciences, physical sciences, life sciences, environmental science, math and technology. Winners received medallions and monetary awards of $75, $50 and $25 for first, second and third places, respectively, in each category and age division.
Thayer students faired well in the senior division of the behavioral/social sciences category. April Risner won first place, Meridith Lindburg second place, and Shawna Burkett third place.
Crystal Graves received second place in the senior division of the environmental science category, and Krysta Adams won third place in the senior division of environmental sciences. Both students attend Thayer High School.
Winners in the senior division of the life science category were Eric Veatch, first place, and Sabrina Harralston, third place, both of Thayer.
Ryan Veatch of Thayer took second place in the senior math category. Samantha Friel received second place in the senior division of physical science, and Gloria Franke of Thayer received third place in the physical science junior division.
McLeane gave special thanks to the sponsoring teachers from area schools including Peggy Veatch of Thayer High School.