Two Watson Chapel Junior High School students were among top winners at the 60th Southeast Arkansas Regional Science Fair at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
Seventh grader Freddie Savage III placed first in physics and astronomy while eighth grader Savannah Givens placed first in chemistry.
According to a news release, they are among the 10 percent of middle school students to be selected as nominees for the 2017 Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars.)
Savage’s project was “How Well do Different Materials Create Static Electricity?” In addition to testing the materials that conducted static electricity the best, he created an elevator operated by static electricity using a shoe box, a spokesman said.
Givens’ project was “Electric Lemon.” She created a battery powered by lemons that was able to power a battery operated stopwatch only with the power of lemons, the spokesman said.
Other winners at the regional science fair in March were all 7th grade Junior Division: 2nd place Physics and Astronomy — Laila McClain, 2nd place micro-biology — Dylan Mayo, 3rd place team — Nathaniel Bratton and Jacob Allen, and 3rd place plant science — Sunny McKennon.