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Wilton Middle Schoolers Show Off Science Skills

WILTON, Conn. – Students at Wilton's Middlebrook Middle School science fair on Tuesday were hoping their projects would be chosen for the state contest. 

Seventh-grader Kevin Moya impressed the judges with his project on improving the efficiency of solar energy, winning him "best of fair."

The project was inspired by his mother's work for nonprofits, Moya said. “I got thinking we could put solar cells everywhere,” especially in places such as Africa where energy is needed, he said.

Sixth-grader Emilie McCann won second place in the "Life Sciences" section for her work on how fertilizer affects plant and animal life in water.

“In our backyard there is a creek,” McCann said, and she found that there was no plant or animal life. “We think it’s because the people before us overdosed on fertilizer.” 

Here are the winners in each category:

Best of Fair: Kevin Moya – Improving Efficiency of Solar Energy

6th Grade Life Sciences

First: Christian Haase – The Cheese Touch

Second: Emilie McCann – What did you drink today?

Third: Jonah Hirsch and Mike Wehrli – What beats water?

Honorable Mention: Duncan Vogel – Turn that Music Off!

6th Grade Physical Sciences

First: Olivia Buse and Emily Ferencz – Water “Wellness”

Second: Michael Wallace and Eliza Ward – Catapult Golf

Thrid: Katie Jankowski – I Won’t Cry!

Honorable Mention: Patrick Louzan – A Fruit Battery

7th and 8th Grade Life Sciences

First: Jake Sanford – The Power of Conformity

Second: Alex Scaperotta – The Power of Suggestion

Third: Jessica Kobsa – The Great Plains of Change

Honorable Mention: Gwen Hall – Which Paw Do Cats Favor?

Noah Alvarez and Will Comer – Music to my Heart

Tessa Markham and Natalie Schiavone – Scent Preferences for a puppy

7th and 8th Grade Physical Sciences

First: Mishil Nana – Refraction of Light

Second: Marnie Quigg and Kaitlin Zappaterrini – Decomposing Madness

Third: Brooke Amodei and Sarah Nachbar – Eruption Corruption

Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Healy and Ava Martinelli – Melt Away

State fair selections have not yet been announced.

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