Science fair superior
Salem St. Paul School students Kaiden Curtis, fifth grade, left, and Laura Hovorka, sixth grade, both earned superior ratings at the Ohio State Science Fair this year competing against students in grades 5-12. Hovorka, whose project asked “Do cone cells recover at the same rate for afterimages?”, placed first at the St. Paul science fair, with Curtis placing second with his project titled “A Bright Wireless Future.” Both students advanced to the Youngstown State University District Science Fair, which was done virtually, and earned superior ratings, advancing then to the state science fair, which was also held virtually. Hovorka received a $250 college scholarship from the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority at the district contest. Principal Dave Pancurak congratulated them and said this year’s competition was more difficult because they had to create a video to fully explain their project and anticipate questions judges would have asked if the judging was in person.