St. Mary’s Catholic School students recently took part in an educational science fair last week that was the focus of two months worth of preparation by all grades.

With the help of Kodiak College professor, Dr. Gil Bane, grades 2-8 were able to conduct experiments and demonstrations based directly off scientific method procedures, and grades pre-kindergarten through second joining together to do group projects, according to school Principal Brian Cleary.

“We had a lot of high quality projects come out due to Dr. Bane,” said Cleary.

Cleary said there were first-, second- and third-place winners for three different categories based on grade levels, with a 6-8 grade bracket, 2-5 grade bracket and a pre-kindergarten-2 grade bracket.

Cleary added that Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists Neil Moomey and Matt Keyse, along with department statistician William Geauman were on hand to quiz and rate students on their projects. Former St. Mary science teacher Tia Leber also helped department members with the judging.

Cleary said although the students put plenty of time and effort into the fair, the parents are a huge help in keeping the kids on task to complete their projects.

“It’s a very laborious process that is difficult for everybody,” Cleary said. “It’s a lot of work and the parents are a big part of the educational fair.”

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