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2018 Science Fair
Jen Briggs
Monday, April 02, 2018

Maine State Science Fair

Nokomis Students Awarded Prizes and Scholarships

The 2018 Maine State Science Fair (MSSF) was a huge success, and the excited buzz emanating from the Thomas College gymnasium provided solid evidence for that claim. On March 24, nearly 300 Maine teens exhibited their science and engineering projects to their peers, teachers, parents, and judges. Representing 30 high schools, these students vied for nearly 100 awards including scholarships and a chance to compete in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF). Nokomis participated in this 72nd annual Maine State Science Fair for the second time, bringing 65 students to share their work and see what other Maine students have done.

Judges at MSSF selected the top three projects in each of 17 categories. These categories cover virtually every field in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), including computer science and the behavioral sciences. The judges, who represent colleges and universities, research institutions, and STEM businesses, use scoring rubrics to assess various parts of each project. They interview students to learn how they got the idea for their project, how they approached their research, and what they discovered while working on their projects. They also consider the quality of the students’ posters and their presentation skills. Jaylee Rice, a sophomore from Nokomis, placed 1st in the category of Chemistry and Materials.

This is the second year that colleges and universities offered scholarships to participating students. University of Maine awarded 12 full-tuition scholarships that include admission to their Honors College, an annual research stipend, and a mentor. College of the Atlantic awarded two $25,000 annual scholarships to their school in Bar Harbor. New this year, University of New England offered five $25,000 annual scholarships and University of Maine at Augusta offered two $1,500 annual scholarships. Nokomis students, Josh Smestad, Hayden Black, and Dana Tasker each received a University of New England scholarship of $25,000 renewable for 4 years.  Lauren Underhill, received a University of Maine at Augusta scholarship for $1,500 renewable for 4 years.

Noah Robinson and Tyler Delargy of Bangor High School, along with Ibrahim Saleh of Greely High School, will represent the state at Intel ISEF in Pittsburgh this May. They will join 1,700 other teens from 75 countries as they share their projects in the most prestigious STEM competition for high school students. All of this is made possible by a partnership between The Jackson Laboratory and The Reach Center at Maine Mathematics & Science Alliance, who coordinate and sponsor the Maine State Science Fair for high school students. Visit www.maine-state-science-fair.o... for more information and to find a list of this year’s winners.

1st Place- Chemistry and Materials

  • Jaylee Rice


University of New England Scholarship

$25,000 year for 4 years

  • Hayden Black

  • Joshua Smestad

  • Dana Tasker


University of Maine at Augusta Scholarship

$1,500 year for 4 years

  • Lauren Underhill