BEAVER SPRINGS — On Feb. 27, six West Snyder Middle School students traveled to Susquehanna University to compete in the regional meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science. The seventh-grade students from West Snyder who competed with other students from the SUN Area included, Brianna Bixler, Rachel Elliott, Aaron Fike, Ryan Furgison. Ethan Pecht and Zach Shrader.

Each of the students earned a first place in the West Snyder Middle School Science Fair in January and gave a 10-minute oral presentation about their project to college professors, teachers and other science professionals.

Ethan Pecht earned first place honors at the symposium with his project titled "Does the Moisture Content of Wood Affect its Strength?"

The five other West Snyder Middle School seventh-grade students each earned a second place awards at the symposium. Rachel Elliott's project was titled "The Effects of Acid Rain on Early Plant Growth." Brianna Bixler competed with a project on "The Affects of Caffeine on Plant Growth." Aaron Fike presented a research project on "The Effects of the Shape of a Boat on Hydrodynamics." Ryan Furgison studied and presented "The Effects of Various Liquids on the Corrosion of Pennies."

Ethan Pecht will advance to the state level of competition in May at Penn State University.

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