“Most of the projects we review have to do with bacteria. Most are not dangerous, but you never know, and that’s why we check. All of the projects we review are very interesting though. Every year we get very creative, very real-world projects and it’s encouraging to see students branching out,” said Barbo.
The maximum amount of points a student may earn is 40 points for an individual project or 50 points for a group project. Those students who receive top scores each year qualify to go to district competition. One such student is Mary Wessell. She has gone to both district and state competitions every year since she was in the seventh grade and has won numerous scholarships and awards. To her, the experience is worth far more.
“Science Fair is just a great experience,” Wessell said. “You get to practice important life skills like organization and presentation, and you really learn a lot about the field of science.”
This year, Wessell is as ambitious as ever, planning on completing a project about electricity. Perhaps she will get the chance to go to district competition again, which will be March 9 at Youngstown State, or state competition May 11 at Ohio State University. Good luck to all of the Science Fair participants this year.
Students who are involved in the fine arts have several things to be excited about this month, as well. Geneva High School Drama Department will be presenting their spring musical, “Happy Days.” The musical is based on the hit television series by the same name. The actors involved began practices on Jan. 7 and the technical crew will meet for the first time on Jan. 11. The Art Department will be assisting by making posters to advertise the show. Including the actors, technical crew and Art Department, there are more than 100 students involved in the production. The musical will be presented 7 p.m. March 8 and 9 and 2 p.m. March 10. Tickets will be $5 for students under 18, $7 dollars for adults, and will be sold at the door one hour prior to each performance.