Some of the students were more surprised by the results of their science fair projects than by awards they received last week for their efforts finding a theory to test, then finding a way to discover if they were right.
Gretchen Satzinger said she was surprised when she discovered, "Diet soda affects your blood sugar more that regular soda."
The Belle Fourche Middle School seventh grader said, "I was wrong; my hypothesis was that I thought Coca Cola would do more…"
Middle school gym bleachers were filled and it was standing room only as the school's seventh and eighth grade science teachers, Jim Martin and Loree Schlichtemeier, announced the awards.
Top winners also received shirts that recognize they will go on to regional science fair competition in Rapid City this spring.
Martin and Schlichtemeier thanked the Belle Fourche businesses and individuals who supported trophies, gift certificates and other prizes that demonstrate to students that their efforts are appreciated by the community outside the school.
Seventh grade awards include:
Special awards, Johnathan Mayher, Mackennan Corean, Lynette Wilen, Hannah Wolf, Lexy Martin, Sarah Graves, Shawna Kolb, Sierra Ward, Marytta Davis and Connie Sin.
Students who qualified to represent the school at the regional science fair March 22 include Fallon Budmayr, Hannah Jones, Sarah Graves, Katie McCoy, Sierra Ward, Mac Corean, Heaven Lane, Alexis Carlson, Shayla Howell, Ian Hastings and Dylan Burns.
Top scholar awards included:
Social science, first Heaven Lane, second Kelsey Teppo.
Biological science plants, first Alexis Carlson and second Stephen Tanninen. Biological animal science first Dylan Burns and second Katie McCay.
Physical science chemistry, first Hannah Jones and second Fallon Budmayr. Physical science physics, first MacKennan Corean and second Dalton Pfarr.
Overall top scholars whose names go onto a school permanent plaque included Dylan Burns for his biological science entry, and Hannah Jones for her physical science entry. Both received $25 gift certificates and their name on a permanent plaque for their achievement.
Eighth grade awards include:
Special awards, Alyssa Juelfs, Joel Raisanen, Nick Pope, Emily Collins, Corey Hockenberry, Emily Reese, Drew Bittner, Joyce Sin, and Bricee Bisgaard.
Students who qualified to represent the school at the regional science fair March 22 include Tulsa Torres, Taylar Vavra, karli Habeck, Alyssa Juelfs, Joel Raisanen, Sierra Thompson, Lauren Christy, Cheyenne Davis, Riley Meyer, Mike Ryan and Addison Middleton.
Top Scholar awards included:
Social sciences, first Sierra Thompson, second Haley Carbjal. Biological science plants, Tulsa Torres. Biological animal science first Taylar Vavra and second Sam Huffman. Physical science first Joel Raisanen and second Mike Ryan.
Overall top scholars whose names go onto a school permanent plaque include Tulsa Torres for her biology project on the best way to stack and protect hay for outdoor storage and Sierra Thompson's physical science award for a project to determine whether the ability to decipher micro expressions depend on gender.