Area students recently received awards at the Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair March 25 Union Station in Kansas City. The annual fair is sponsored by the Science Pioneers and is organized by grade level, category and entry type.

Area students recently received awards at the Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair March 25 Union Station in Kansas City. The annual fair is sponsored by the Science Pioneers and is organized by grade level, category and entry type.

The three grade levels include intermediate (fourth to sixth grades), junior (seventh and eighth grades) and senior (ninth to 12th grades). At each level students may enter an experimental, engineering, computer science and invention project.


Intermediate botany and zoology, sponsored by Science Pioneers – Alex Oswald, Hazel Grove Elementary, first place and Jordan Mayberty, Fire Prairie Middle School, second place.

Intermediate chemistry, fourth grade, sponsored by Science Pioneers – Mia Manney, Hazel Grove, second place.

Intermediate chemistry team, sponsored by Science Pioneers – Cori Corrado and Taylor Davis, Hazel Grove, second grade.

Intermediate computer science and mathematics, sponsored by Science Pioneers – Jacob Chappell, John Nowlin Elementary, first place.

Intermediate force and motion, sponsored by Science Pioneers – Seth Warren, Fire Prairie, second place.

Intermediate molecular biology, sponsored by Campbell Family Foundation – Payton Minnis and Emma Schmidt, John Nowlin Elementary, second place.

Intermediate matter and energy, sponsored by Science Pioneers – Timothy Johnson, John Nowlin, third place.

Intermediate matter and energy team, sponsored by Science Pioneers – Ryan Kallenberger and Nick Pritchett, Cedar Creek, second place.

Intermediate inventions, sponsored by Shook, Hardy and Bacon – Elizabeth White, John Nowlin, third place.

Intermediate physical science, fifth grade team, sponsored by Honeywell – Nick Pritchett, Elexa Pierson and Ryan Kallenberger, Cedar Creek, first place and Alison Williams, Miranda Whitworth and Kaylee McGehee, John Nowlin, third place.

Awards are being presented to the eight student inventor projects that show the most promise in promoting the progress of the useful arts and sciences. The judging guidelines for this committee were taken from the United States Constitution Patent and Copyright Clause.

Winners include Megan Oswald, a student at Hazel Grove Elementary in Lee’s Summit.

Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering and Technology – Project Display. Every year, the Linda Hall Library invites a group of students with outstanding and creative Science Fair projects to display their projects at the Library during the month of May.

Winners include – Elizabeth White and Jacob Chappell, John Nowlin; Kaleigh Shirley, Bernard Campbell Middle School and Laurie Gilson, Indian Trail.

Medical Society of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties. The Medical Society of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties present awards in the Senior Division and Intermediate Division. Each award recipient receives a framed certificate and cash award.

Winners include Mia Manney, a student at Hazel Grove who received an Intermediate Division Award of Merit.

United States Environmental Protection Agency. Awards for first, second and third place are given for environmental projects in all three age divisions, plus a special memorial award for an outstanding unique project.

Winners include Alex Oswald, a student at Hazel Grove, who received an honorable mention.

Howard Gadberry Memorial Award – The Howard Gadberry Memorial Award recognizes Gadberry’s outstanding commitment to research professionalism and his contributions to the community through his long-term involvement with Midwest Research Institute as their Senior Advisor for Technology.

Barb McMahill, a fifth grade teacher at Fire Prairie Middle School in the Fort Osage School District, is one of the recipients of the award. She has taught for 13 years.

Deanna Soukup, an eighth grade teacher at Bernard Campbell Middle School, is the second recipient of the award. She has taught science in Lee’s Summit for most of her career.