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Morgan Co. school science fair set for Saturday

February 03, 2011|By TRISH RUDDER | trishr@herald-mail.com
  • Ninth-grade Berkeley Springs High School students Katie Zakrzewski and John Kuykendall are among 80 entrants in the science fair scheduled for Saturday at the school in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.
By Trish Rudder

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — More than 80 science fair projects from all Morgan County Schools are to be judged Saturday in Berkeley Springs High School’s cafeteria, followed by an awards ceremony at noon in the school auditorium.

Elizabeth Ramsey, one of six science teachers at the high school and the county coordinator, said two Berkeley Springs High School ninth-graders won Best in Show at last week’s Berkeley Springs High School science fair contest.

John Kuykendall built a lie detector, and Katie Zakrzewski submitted a study on bullying in the high school, she said.

John built the circuitry for his working lie detector. Ten people were tested, and it works, Ramsey said.

Katie was asked by the high school administration to expand the bullying study to include all Berkeley Springs high school students, Ramsey said.

John said it took some time to research and build the lie detector. His interest is in engineering, and he wants to join the space program as an aeronautical engineer, he said.

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Katie’s anonymous bullying study included a survey of 87 students, which showed that of three types of abuse, verbal abuse “topped the list,” cyber abuse was second and physical abuse was third, she said.

“More people admitted to participating in bullying rather than being bullied,” Katie said. “And it’s definitely a group thing.”

The students had from October through December to work on their projects, Ramsey said.
Both projects will be on display in the county science fair Saturday.

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