St. Joseph Immaculate Heart of Mary School, a Lumen Christi School, students impressed 12 independent judges from the Youngstown community at the annual school science fair. Upon completion of judging, the judges commended the students on their projects, having seen great potential. One judge, who has been judging at YSU since 1987, wrote to SJIHM about the school’s success.
“The students and projects I saw yesterday at Saint Joseph and Immaculate Heart of Mary School were exceptional. The students were articulate, confident and demonstrated an incredible understanding of their chosen topics as well as the scientific method,” he said.
Projects are judged as satisfactory, good, excellent or superior. The state of Ohio suggests that 20 percent of the students participating in the science fair should achieve a superior ranking (36-40) on their project. With nine out of 36 students ranking superior, SJIHM surpassed that goal. Even more impressive were the 34 out of 36 students that achieved an excellent or superior ranking. Many students were only one point away from qualifying to compete at the District level.
Eighth-graders Colin Faloon, Joshua Harker, Thomas Pitko, Andrew Siembieda, and sixth-graders Riley Burke, Julianna Frengler, Isabelle Gasior, Nicholas Moliterno, Jonathan Saxton, Ella Siembieda and Allyson Smith qualified to compete at YSU for the Lake-to-River District Science Fair March 22.