The Daily Item
MIDDLEBURG -- Three Midd-West Middle School seventh grade students participated in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science state competition at Penn State University on May 13. One first place, second place, and third place honors were earned in this state science competition. Earning first place state honors was Nicole Piccioni, daughter of Scott and Sharon Piccioni. Her experiment in the Human Behavior category was titled “Which Gender is Meaner?” Using the Traditional Scientific Method, Nicole determined that girls thought girls were meaner while boys thought that boys were meaner.
A second place honor on the state level was awarded to Mariah Stuck, daughter of Joe and Melinda Stuck, who conducted her research in the Physics category titled “One-Hand or Two-Hands on the Hockey Stick.” Through her scientific research, Mariah proved that field hockey players score more goals when using two hands on the hockey stick.
Maryann Moyer, daughter of Jim and Betty Moyer, conducted research in the Chemistry category titled “Which Substance Preserves Oranges?” Testing seven different substances, Maryann found that sugar preserved oranges the best.
These students advanced to the state level after placing first in the regional competition at Susquehanna University in March. They conducted scientific research on a topic of their choice by following the traditional scientific method, analyzed their data and drew appropriate conclusions about their experiments. The students presented their research and findings in a 10-minute presentation to a panel of judges. The students were scored on the scientific research as well as their presentation.