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Fledgling scientists strut their stuff

Winners of the Science Knowledge Bowl were Lydia Bjorklund, first, and Juliet Lattin, second. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

From crickets to thigmotropism to polymerskime, Nevis seventh and eighth graders put on their thinking caps for the 16th annual Science Fair and Science Knowledge Bowl Monday. Chris Fraki, a seventh grader, above, left, put worn shirts from classmates in a bag for a day and then asked his peers to name the owner by engaging their olfactory senses. Classmate Kaia Dunham, right, took top prize, naming nine out of 10 smelly shirt owners correctly.

Shannon McGrath

studied how plants react to music, learning they grow best with “happy” music while rap stunts growth. Taking seventh grade honors in the science fair were Ethan Tauber, nitrates, first and best overall science fair project; Katie Kamphaus, puppies, second, and Cora Umthun, molding, third. Eighth graders earning kudos were Gabrielle David , “The Swell Project,” first; Thomas Aman, Pareidolia, second; and Nicole Nelson, Ice Ice Baby. Winners of the Science Knowledge Bowl were Lydia Bjorklund, first, and Juliet Lattin, second.

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