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Caledonia students shine at science fair


Sarah Fowler



Students from Caledonia Middle School swept the Regional Science Fair at Mississippi State University. 


Twenty-three students in grades sixth, seventh and eighth attended the fair that included schools from 16 counties. Every student from Caledonia won an award. Those awards included 11 first place finishes, as well as the Best of Fair award. The winners advance to the state competition in Greenville next month. 


Principal Karen Pittman said she was proud of the students and their teachers. 


"The teachers and students worked extremely hard and their tenacity in this endeavor was outstanding at the local and regional level," she said. "Many of our students will be competing at the state competition in Greenville." 


This school year is the first year Caledonia Middle School has held a science fair. 




Sixth grade 


First place awards:  


Clara Allen, Botany 


JT Bates, Physics 


Nathan McLemore, Biochemistry 


Ethan Radulski, Microbiology 


Blair Ward, Chemistry 


Second place awards:  


Claire Benson, Chemistry 


Taylor Criddle, Microbiology 


Jackson Hopper, Engineering, Computers and Math 


Makiya Robinson, Earth, Space and Environmental Science 


Third place awards:  


Autumn Bigham, Earth Space and Environmental Science 


Tori Brooks, Microbiology 


Sixth place award:  


Jay Vernon, Botany 




Seventh and Eighth Grade 


First Place awards:  


Cody Hite, Medicine and Health 


August Fort, Biochemistry 


Reed Pennington, Earth, Space and Environmental Science 


Madison Stephens, Zoology 


Josh Taylor, Chemistry 


Second place awards:  


Matthew Bailey, Biochemistry 


Elise Cook, Physics 


Riley Riley Huckaby, Microbiology 


Third place awards:  


Kelsey Allen, Zoology 


Taylor Bagwell, Physics 




7th-12th grade special awards 


Broadcom Masters Fair Award: 


Matthew Bailey 


Taylor Bagwell 


Elise Cook 


Cody Hite 


Riley Huckaby 


August Fort 


Reed Pennington 


Madison Stephens 


Josh Taylor 


Women for GeoScience:  


Hannah Walker 


Astrological Award 1st Place: 


Reed Pennington 


Best of Fair: 


August Fort 





Sarah Fowler covered crime, education and community related events for The Dispatch.



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