[caption id="attachment_8054" align="aligncenter" width="600"]<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2015\/03\/SS-Science-Fair-1.jpg"><img src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2015\/03\/SS-Science-Fair-1.jpg" alt="Overall winners at the Pocahontas County Science Fair were, from left:\u2008first place tie, Madeline Ray and Irish Simmons; second place, Sarah Warder; and third place, Daphne Hilleary. S. Stewart photo" width="600" height="392" class="size-full wp-image-8054" \/><\/a> Overall winners at the Pocahontas County Science Fair were, from left:\u2008first place tie, Madeline Ray and Irish Simmons; second place, Sarah Warder; and third place, Daphne Hilleary. S. Stewart photo[\/caption]\r\n\r\nSuzanne Stewart\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nPocahontas County students gathered last week at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank for the annual county science fair. Students in grades three through nine competed in the fair, presenting projects in the life sciences, engineering and physical sciences.\r\n\r\nStudents also participated in several fun projects while they were at the science center.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re making toothbrush robots and then they\u2019re doing an exhibit hall scavenger hunt,\u201d Sue Ann Heatherly said.\r\n\r\nWhile the students had fun with activities, the judges were tasked with grading each project. Volunteers from the community and employees at the NRAO worked together to find winners in each category.\r\n\r\nFirst time judges David Frayer and Hannah Devine said they enjoyed their judging duties.\r\n\r\n\u201cI have never judged a science fair before so this is a new experience for me,\u201d Devine said. \u201cI think we\u2019re getting the hang of it. There\u2019s a lot of diversity in the projects. Some of them did psychology projects. One of them did a natural resources project and some of them are doing more of micro biology things. There was a good mix.\u201d\r\n\r\nSpeaking of the categories, Frayer said there were several engineering projects.\r\n\r\n\u201cI was surprised by the number of engineering projects,\u201d he said. \u201cI know when I was a kid, we didn\u2019t have as many engineering projects. I\u2019m not sure if it\u2019s the make up of the local community, we do have a lot of engineers.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn its third year, the science fair has grown to be popular with many students, including a trio from Green Bank Elementary-Middle School who always work together. Max O\u2019Ganian, Mason Solliday and Iam Johnston have participated in every fair and continue to be enthusiastic about science.\r\n\r\n\u201cThis year, we titled it \u201cGone with the Wind,\u201d and it\u2019s like, which sail pushes our homemade cart the farthest, which could carry the most weight and which makes it the fastest,\u201d Solliday said of the project.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe used a high powered fan from the Star Lab and if it went any higher than the low setting, it would just tip over,\u201d O\u2019Ganian added.\r\n\r\nThe friends said they enjoy participating in the science fair and especially like being at the NRAO.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s fun and it\u2019s a good time to be here at the NRAO,\u201d Solliday said.\r\n\r\n\u201cScience is one of my favorite subjects,\u201d Johnston said.\r\n\r\nPrior to finding out the winners of the fair, students were treated to a chemistry demonstration by Glenville State College chemistry professor Dr. Kevin Evans and his grad students.\r\n\r\nEvans and his students used volunteers from the crowd to help with several experiments, including crushing soda cans with air and water, creating synthetic rope with a mixture of chemicals and adding a silver sheen to glass bottles with chemicals.\r\n\r\nThe demonstrations also included a lesson in what happens when a lit candle is used to pop a balloon filled with hydrogen \u2013\u00a0it creates a fire ball. Hydrogen was also used to send Pringle cans flying in the air.\r\n\r\nWinners are:\r\n\r\nOverall: First place tie, Madeline Ray and Irish Simmons; second place, Sarah Warder; and third place, Daphne Hilleary.\r\n\r\nEngineering\r\n\r\nThird Grade: First place, Declan Gravely.\r\n\r\nFourth Grade: First place, Max O\u2019Ganian, Mason Solliday and Iam Johnston; second place, Robert Pritt; and third place, Izabella Spradlin.\r\n\r\nFifth Grade: First place, Scout Tankersley; second place, Max Ervine; and third place, C.J. Long, James Sharp and William Feury.\r\n\r\nSixth Grade: First place, John Fitzgerald.\r\n\r\nSeventh Grade: First place, Treavor Wilson and Devyn Young; second place, Christopher Murray and Matthew Moore; and third place, Brody Buzzard and Thomas Smith.\r\n\r\nEighth Grade: First place, Bridget Carroll.\r\n\r\nNinth Grade: First place, Jake Faris.\r\n\r\nJudges\u2019 Choice: Jake Faris.\r\n\r\nLife Science\r\n\r\nThird Grade: First place, Madeline Ray; second place, Daitlin Halterman; and third place, Guy Taber.\r\n\r\nFourth Grade: First place, Kelsi Taylor; and second place, Haley Spencer.\r\n\r\nFifth Grade: First place, Sarah Warder; second place, Daphne Hilleary; and third place, Rayna Smith and Macaden Taylor.\r\n\r\nSeventh Grade: First place, Emmett Doolittle; and second place, Carly Keatley.\r\n\r\nEighth Grade: First place, Irish Simmons; second place, Hunter Shafer; and third place, Treavor Hammons.\r\n\r\nJudges\u2019 Choice: Cassie Moats and Hazel Riley.\r\n\r\nPhysical Science\r\n\r\nThird Grade: First place, Hannah Burk; and second place, Jadyn Lane.\r\n\r\nFourth Grade: First place, Madison Arbogast; second place, Heidi Kelly; and third place, Christopher Harmon.\r\n\r\nFifth Grade: First place, Avery Clay and Aiden Lutz; second place, Josey Armstrong and David Gibb; third place Alison Alderman and Andrea Alderman.\r\n\r\nSixth Grade: First place, Savannah McMillian; second place, Connor Spencer; and third place, Hayley Moore.\r\n\r\nSeventh Grade: First place, Julie Agee and Emily Casto; second place, Wyatt Van Buren and Anthony Totten; and third place, Reese Kelley.\r\n\r\nEighth Grade: First place, Aliza Carr; second place, Kyle Cohenour; and third place, Harlie Nelson.\r\n\r\nJudges\u2019 Choice: T.D. Sparks.