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Dutchess Day School holds science fair

MILLBROOK — Dutchess Day School hosted a science fair on Tuesday, Feb. 28, open to students in grades four through eight. Students posited various questions and presented results to judges. Eighth-grader Gavin Schneible asked, “Do different materials affect the pressure of a fire extinguisher?” while seventh-grader Peter Fousek looked at different windmill blade designs. The student projects were on display all day, with all students having 15 minutes to present their work to judges Sharon Hicks, Tim Stanley, Fred Whitridge, Michelle Hersh and Heather Bechtold. In the afternoon, the projects were on display for the student body to view. After school, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., there was a public viewing for families and friends culminating with a presentation of certificates to recognize the students’ efforts and those projects that were selected to advance to the Dutchess County Science Fair at Dutchess Community College on Saturday, March 31. There are 11 Dutchess Day students advancing to the county level: eighth-graders Jack Bowmar, Alex Chalk, Claudia Lamprecht, Gavin Schneible, Doug Pfeifer and Ben Yager will have the opportunity to present their work at the next level. So, too, will seventh-grader Peter Fousek, sixth-grader Sarah Chalk and fifth-graders Sabrina Goldfischer, Greta Garschagen and Cora Davidson. This is the third year of Dutchess Day School’s science fair. Over the past two years many displays and project ideas have won awards at the county level. There were 40 students who participated at various levels, and these emerging scientists answered many questions, turning the school’s gymnasium into a veritable science conference.Dutchess Day School is a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade independent school located in Millbrook. For more information, contact Hillary Henderson, director of development, at Henderson@dutchessday.org or 845-677-5014. Visit the website at www.dutchessday.org.Submitted by Director of Development Hillary Henderson.

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