Junior scientists applauded

Patty Wiggs, left, won the Research Award and Delaney Davis got the Engineering Award in Churubusco Elementary School’s Science Fair.

Science Fair awards were presented in front of the whole school, along with family and friends, last week at Churubusco Elementary School.

Katy Dreibelbis demonstrates her homemade hovercraft. Dreibelis is one of two young scientists who are advancing to the regional competition in Fort Wayne.

Delaney Davis demonstrates her lever project that earned her a trip to the regional in Fort Wayne next month.

Grade level winners at Churubusco Elementary School’s Science Fair were, from left: Addison Phillips, first grade; Jillian Wright, third grade; Jaylynn Shively, fourth grade; and Libby Dreibelbis, fifth grade.

Students who earned the Earth Science Award, and received their own rock collection were, from left: Alex Dreibelbis, Addison Phillips, Jorja DeBolt, Madison Lindsey, Bailey Ballinger, Jessa DeBolt and Josiah Kline.

Delaney Davis was ecstatic to find out she was one of two winners of Churubusco Elementary School’s Science Fair.

Katy Dreibelis and Delaney Davis

By Nicole Minier


CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco Elementary School’s Science Fair participants were applauded and awarded in front of fellow students, family and friends last week.

Delaney Davis and Katy Dreibelis will advance to next month’s regional competition with their projects.

Davis’ project tested three different types of levers, seeing which was most effective to help her lift 50 pounds.

“I was so excited to win,” Davis said.

Davis said it took her a month to complete her project. It’s her second year of advancing to regionals. Last year, her project was about solar energy.

“I really like science,” Davis said.

Dreibelis created her own hovercrafts using balloons and compact discs. She tested the hovercrafts on different surfaces.

She said her project took about three days to complete.

“It is a lot of work, and shows perserverance and responsibility,” said CES science teacher Liz Schemm. “I really like how they come in and talk to the judges about their projects. Some of them don’t have a jazzy poster, but if they know their project and have the passion — that’s what is important.”

Thirteen students participated — up from last year’s 10 participants. Awards were also handed out for best projects per grade level, Earth science awards, and engineering and research awards.

The two winners will have some time to polish their displays before the March 18 regional at IPFW.

“Traditionally we have won some prizes at the regional level,” Schemm said.

Last year, Elizabeth Dribelbis, sister of Katy, advanced to the next level.

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