Wheeling Middle School Students Win At West Liberty Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Photo Provided Pictured are Wheeling Middle School students who earned awards in the recent West Liberty University Science and Engineering Fair. Shown in front is Kayley Spielvogel, who earned first place in mathematics. Behind her from left are Zach Darby, who placed second in botany, and Kathryn Spears and Abby Sheller. Spears and Sheller placed second in the team event.

Wheeling Middle School students took home several awards at this year’s West Liberty Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

Wildcat student Kayley Spielvogel took first place in the mathematics category at the event held earlier this year at West Liberty University. She also claimed the “SMART Award” sponsored by the SMART Center in Wheeling. Wheeling Middle School student Zach Darby took the second-place award in the botany category, and the Wildcat duo of Abby Sheller and Kathryn Spears took home second place in the team event.

Wheeling Middle School science coach Debbie McKay thanked the West Liberty University Science Department for hosting the annual event. She said she was pleased with her students’ efforts, and she congratulated them on their achievements.

“I am extremely proud of these students who participated in this year’s science and engineering event,” McKay said. “They’ve been exceptionally dedicated, and they have been working on their projects at home and at school since November. The students enjoy this type of competition, and it helps them to developed research, testing and public-speaking skills.”

The annual West Liberty Regional Science and Engineering Fair is a competition for students in grades six through 12. As part of the event, students must demonstrate quality scientific investigation through exhibits. Its purpose is to encourage young people to develop an active interest in science and engineering and recognize quality scientific investigation in middle and high schools.

Students in both public and private schools took part in the events. West Virginia schools from Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Tyler and Wetzel participated. Ohio was represented by school from Jefferson and Belmont counties.

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