Gabrielle Krutsinger, left, and Madelyn Hanes pose wearing their state science fair medals while in Lincoln last Thursday. (Courtesy photo)

Two CCS students bring home awards from science fair

    Chase County Schools (CCS) juniors, Gabrielle Krutsinger and Carissa Hill, and Madelyn Hanes, 8th grade, qualified for the state science fair in Lincoln last Thursday.
    Hill was not able to attend due to prior commitments. Her science project was how petting affects the heart rate of animals.
    Hanes was one of the top 10 junior high science projects studying the effects of cadmium on photosynthesis.
    Krutsinger was chosen as one of the top six high school projects. Her research was about natural preservatives in bread and bread shelf life.
    Because of her placement at state, Krutsinger has been invited to present her project to the American Academy of Science Annual Science Fair in Seattle, Washington next February.
    Krutsinger will have to pay for her own airfare and meals,
but the Nebraska Junior Academy of Sciences (NJAS) is sponsoring the trip and helping the six students pay some of the expenses.
    In addition to being chosen as one of the top six project winners, Krutsinger won four other awards.
    She received the Naval Science Award ($75), U.S. Metric Association/best use of SI units, UNL Outstanding Science Research at Nebraska ($150), the Communication Award (a book of scientists and their accomplishments) and the Air Force Achievement Outstanding Science Fair Project (a bag, portable phone charger along with other gifts).
    “This was quite an achievement for her,” said Kim Wilson, CCS science teacher.
    “The competition was excellent, and the science fair went very well for these two students as they represented CCS,” she said.

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