CCMES student takes first at Western Regional Science Fair |

CCMES student takes first at Western Regional Science Fair

Staff reports

Kevin Hackler of C.C. Meneley Elementary School first place in the 6th grade individual science project category and the Ken Johns Science Fair Award at the Western Regional Science Fair in Reno.

The Ken Johns Science award was initiated eight years ago when Ken Johns retired form the University of Nevada, Reno. He was the founder and an organizer of the Western Regional Science Fair and taught science methods at the university for over 20 years.

The award is selected after the individual awards are chosen, and the project must include original research done by the student, offer data and and explanation of results and be an individual project with an application and purpose.

The award incudes a traveling plaque that will remain at the winner’s school for a year, plus a savings bond for $100 and a certificate and trophy.

“As the co-chair for the Western Regional Science Fair, I am proud to say that Kevin’s project was an example of good science, good technique and hard work as well as originality,” said Pam Calhoun, Carson Valley Middle school vice principal.

“Ken Johns loved to get kids involved with science and promoted science as an answer to problems,” Calhoun said. “Kevin’s project was exactly what Ken would have loved. Kevin used science to improve his baseball game and that’s exactly what Ken would have wanted.”

In addition, Calhoun said, two CVMS students, Trevor Fordham and Jeff Bushey, also earned recognition. Trevor received special award for the best written project in the middle school category, and Jeff received recognition from the American Chemical Society for his project.