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Taylor Students take top honors at Southwest Regional Science Fair

by Special to the Banner-News | April 2, 2021 at 8:14 a.m.
(From Left) Miss SAU, Carson Beeching , Jack Hoyle, Grace McLelland, & Dr. Scott White

Taylor Students recently took home top honors at the Southwest Regional Science Fair, hosted by SAU. Due to Covid regulations, students were unable to present their projects in person to the judges this year. The projects were judged by a panel of judges and results were announced virtually. SAU professor and director of the SAU STEM center, Dr. Scott White and Miss SAU, Carson Beeching, recently traveled to local participating schools to present scholarships and awards to students.

Jack Hoyle, a junior at Taylor high school, was the Overall winner of the Science Fair. Jack’s project studied the use of agricultural wastes conversion into biofuels to power small gas engines. He placed first in the senior Engineering category receiving an award from the Albermarle Foundation. Jack was also awarded the Soybean Challenge Award and the Columbia County Conservation District Award. Jack received $5,100 is scholarships to SAU as well as cash awards.

Grace McLelland, a senior at Taylor high school, was named third Overall in the Science Fair and was first place in the senior Agriculture/ Earth/Environmental Science category. Grace studied the effects of local businesses on water quality. Grace received the Ves Childs Award and second place Columbia County Conservation District Award. Grace also received $2,500 in scholarships to SAU, where she will be attending in the fall majoring in Pre-Med with a goal to later attend Dental school.

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