LMU Hosts Clinch-Powell Educational Cooperative Science Fair


Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) School of Mathematics and Sciences hosted the Clinch-Powell Educational Cooperative Science Fair Friday, March 6, where 22 sixth-grade students from six counties competed in a regional science competition with $2,000 in prizes.


Jake Johnson, a student at H.Y. Livesay Middle School in Claiborne County, took home the $500 first prize for his project, “Hydrophobic Sand.” Emma Duncan, an Elk Valley Elementary School student representing Campbell County, earned second-place honors and $400 for her project, “Don’t Sugar Coat It.” Erik McCorkel, a student at Forge Ridge Elementary School and representing Claiborne County, placed third, winning $300 for “Milk into Plastic.” William Bull, of Rutledge Elementary School in Grainger County, won $200 for the fourth-place project, “Turn Down for What.” Hailey Butler, a Huntsville Middle School student in Scott County, won fifth place and $100 for her project, “Rising Radishes.”  


All other participants received a $25 Walmart gift card. They included Kaylee Venable and Gracielle Linkous of Union County; Nevaeh West, Jasper Byrd, Ariel Hutson and Briley Duncan of Scott County; Zayah Riley and Tessa Seal of Hancock County; Raeleigh Wieber, Garrett Patterson and Hayden Long of Grainger County; Matilynn King, Joe Spencer, Mariah Jenkins, Ella Hodges and Sophia Perry of Claiborne County; and Michael Hall of Campbell County.


The judges included LMU mathematics and science faculty members and graduate students. The presentations were on display at the Hamilton Math and Science Building and students presented throughout the morning.


“The judges were all very impressed with the work done by the students,” said Dr. Kevin Cooper, assistant professor of physics. “One could see that a good deal of time and effort had been put forth by all of the participants.  It is nice to see the support from family and teachers for each of the students as they presented the findings of their science fair research.”


The Science Fair at LMU was the culmination of a science contest among all Clinch-Powell Educational Cooperative schools. Sixth graders from Campbell, Claiborne, Hancock, Grainger, Scott and Union county school systems competed at the school level to qualify for the LMU event. A team of Clinch-Powell Educational Cooperative staff members traveled to the schools to judge the projects on a local level. Winners at each school received $150.


Clinch-Powell Educational Cooperative is a regional education service agency dedicated to comprehensive changes in access to quality education in the Clinch-Powell service area. It was formed to help individual boards of education overcome obstacles due to limited resources. The Cooperative consists of six counties in the rural, mountainous area of upper East Tennessee. The Cooperative operates with state and federal grant resources and programs.


Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies.  The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423.869.6280 or email at [email protected].


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