Science is the name at Gulf County schools.
Christian Quaranta, Adison Burkett and Zachary McFarland competed in the Three Rivers Regional Science and Engineering Fair at the Florida State University Panama City Campus last week.
During the sixth grade science fair at PSJES, McFarland took first place, Quaranta second and Burkett third, qualifying them for the regionals.
More than 180 students from Gulf, Bay and Holmes counties competed in the Jr. division where McFarland presented his project on sound absorption, Quaranta presented the question, “How Greasy are your Potato Chips?” and Burkett presented his research on bridges.
At a ceremony held Monday, McFarland was awarded an honorable mention is his category of Physics and Astronomy for his project and was also given a special award from the United States Army.
“I’m proud of these three young men and their representation of Port St Joe Elementary School during this incredible experience!” said sixth grade teacher Joni Mock.
Wewahitchka High School had four participants in the regional event. 11th-graders Cordale Green designed and constructed a flying vehicle, Cheslee Williamson tested the strength and efficiency of different types of bracings and McKenna Waters explore the theory of chocolate increasing memory. Tenth-grader Cody Mills tested which type of birdshot holds a tight pattern in the physics category.