Hamilton School Superintendent Tom Korst announced the winners of the recent Hamilton Middle School Science Fair. In a news release, Korst said 38 projects are eligible to be part of the Montana's State Science Fair March 19-20 at the University of Montana.

There were over 150 projects in the Hamilton expo and Grand Prize went to Peyton Haddock for "Beetle-kill Wood: Changing Construction as We Know It." She's a repeat winner, by the way.

This is the first time KLYQ has listed the winners of a science fair, and I really, really love reading the titles of the displays. I wish I had attended the expo, which filled the Middle School gymnasium. Good work, you young scientists!

Category winners include:

  • Physics
  • 1st - William Heitmann "The Mist"
  • 2nd - Gracie Hawkes "Burn and Learn"
  • 3rd - Sophia Lewanski "Can Biomimicry Build a Better Sports Helmet?"
  • Honorable Mention- Derek Twardoski "Hovercraft Science"
  • Biology
  • 1st - Isaac Harmon "Microwaving Plants"
  • 2nd - Em Courchesne "Light vs Plant Life"
  • 3rd - James Truax "Microbial Fuel Cells"
  • Chemistry
  • 1st - Sydney Greek "Leaf Chromatography"
  • 2nd - Tyson Rostad "Powerful Pressure Build up"
  • 3rd - Brynn Lehtola "Cookie Chemistry"
  • Earth
  • 1st - Peyton Haddock "Beetle-Kill Wood"
  • 2nd - Madison Kirkbride "Don't Be Wheezy, Breathe Easy"
  • 3rd - Tyler Jones "Flammability of Plants"
  • Other
  • 1st - Hunter Bonnes "Public wifi, Is It Safe?"
  • 2nd - Ava Lilienthal "Symmetrical Beauty"
  • 3rd - Collin Shook "The Fight on Gastric Acid"
  • Honorable Mention - Paige Colaprete "Soda Pop"
  • Honorable Mention - Lauren Roberts "Is it Possible to Make a Happy Song Sad?"
  • Korst thanked all the volunteers and judges from the community, including the Rocky Mountain Labs, Glaxo Smith Kline, U.S.Forest Service, Monta Fish Wildlife and Parks, the Water Forum and the University of Montana.