Wiregrass students compete in science fair

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- Elementary, middle and high school students across the Wiregrass designed science projects to showcase what they've learned in class.

Selma Street Elementary 5th grader Wagner Monday and his team used the scientific method to determine which tape is the strongest.

“Our hypothesis was that we thought that black guerilla tape was the strongest, but it turns out we were wrong, and that's okay because you learn new stuff,” says Monday.

Wagner was one of 180 students from across three counties that competed in the Wiregrass Science Fair.

The competition allows students to showcase what they've been working on all school year.

“Laying the foundation and getting them excited an early age ultimately will increase their abilities and also the opportunities that they are aware of,” says Dr. Adam Morrow the assistant professor of biochemistry at Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine.

ACOM, Southeast Health Foundation partnered to make the event possible.

The judges included medical students, professors, nurses, and physicians.

“I'm a second-year medical student now. We have so many important mentors and teachers to thank for where we are now and ended up stirring us towards this path whether it's medicine or anything else that's important in science, so it's such a joy to be able to give that back to students now here and inspire them a little bit,” says science fair judge Roshny Vijayakar.

Students discussed everything from pollution to probability, but one thing's for sure they all impressed the judges.

“They're all wonderful. I want them to keep trying even if they don't move on from this fair. It doesn't mean that their project wasn't phenomenal. It's really about the process and applying yourself,” says Vijayakar.

Today's winner will advance to the regional fair in Auburn where they have a chance to earn a spot at the state competition in Huntsville.

If students make it past the regional and state competition they'll have a chance to compete at the national level in California.

See the list of winners in the attached file.

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