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The East Kentucky Science Center and Planetarium held the 12th annual East Kentucky Regional Science Fair on November 2 on the Prestonsburg campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC).

Students, grades fourth through 12th, competed for a variety of cash prizes ($200 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place). A $100 cash prize was awarded to teachers of first-place winners to purchase classroom supplies.

Heres a breakdown of the winners:

Fourth Grade: First place, Amelia Wallace, May Valley Elementary School, Mint Mentos; second place, Elizabeth Fletcher, LBJ Elementary School, Missing Shell; third place, Wade Allen McGuire, Marie Roberts-Caney Elementary School.

Fifth Grade: First place, Kade Scott, May Valley Elementary School, Real Fruit or Juice; second place, Lily Gardner, Our Lady of the Mountains, UV Beads: How to Protect Yourself; third place, Haley Sorrell, Inez Elementary School, Wi-Worry About a Wi-Fi Signal (with plants).

Sixth Grade: First place, Jackson Morgan R.W. Combs Elementary School, Soap Scuffle; Riele Holbrook, June Buchanan School, The Effect of Preservatives on Decomposition of Hamburgers; third place, Dylan Johnson, LBJ Elementary School, Do Video Games Affect Heart Rate.

Seventh Grade: First place, Hannah Ward, Martin County Middle School, The Five Second Rule: Truth or Myth; second place, Robert Matthew Tackett, Wesley Christian School, Killing Kitchen Creepers; third place, Emalee Fields, Willard Elementary School, Did you Really Feel That.

Eighth Grade: William Spradley, Robinson Elementary School, Oral Bacteria Killer: Maybe, Maybe Not; second place, Dora Stanley, June Buchanan School, Geodes the Surprise Inside; third place, Kade Meade, Betsy Layne Elementary School, Plop Plop, Fizz Fizz.

Ninth Grade: First place, Mary Lucas, Shelby Valley High School, Cell Phone Radiation; second place Lakyn Wallace, Allen Central High School, The Heart of Rock and Roll; third place Connor Jacobs, June Buchanan School, The Effect of Acids on Minerals.

Tenth Grade: Kennedi Damron, Knott County Central High School, The Effect of Cell Phone Usage on Reaction Time; Alex Meade, Betsy Layne High School, Ant Confusion; third place Megan Hall, June Buchanan School, The Effects of UV Rays on the Various Brands of Sunscreen.

11th Grade: First place, Thomas Case, Allen Central High School, Freshen Up; second place, Christian Richardson, Knott County Central High School, What is the Effect of Lipstick Types on Light Transmission.

12th Grade: First place, Michael Caudill, Shelby Valley High School, Insulation Counts; second place Sarah Clemons, Knott County Central High School, What is the Effect of Oil Bases on Soaps Durability; third place, Blake Spencer, Betsy Layne High School, What Types of Helmets Protect the Best Against Head Trauma.

For more information on the East Kentucky Science Center and Planetarium, call (606) 889-8260 or visit