Saline High School Agricultural Science students swept two divisions of the 2013 Arthur Berkey State Agricultural Science Fair held March 6-8 on the campus of Michigan State University.
Sophomore Wyatt Gordon won first place gold in the Power & Technical Research Division (10th to 12th grade). He received a $150 prize. Gordon has been experimenting with lye and potash as catalysts with WVO waste vegetable oil and methanol turning it into biodiesel as a renewable fuel on the farm.
Freshmen Alex Kase and Emma Rose won first place gold in the Animal Science Research Division (7th to 9th grade). They won a $150 prize. Kase and Rose have been experimenting with sugar mice and seeing how ingesting a energy drink influences the mice’s ability to negotiate a maze and the implications for youth operating farm equipment.
Sophomore Nick Schuon won the silver plaque as state runner up in the Power & Technical Research Division (10th to 12th grade). Sophomore Anna Kauppi won bronze.
Freshmen Madison Rishel and Lauren Kesselring won the silver plaque as state runners up in the Animal Science Research Division (7th to 9th grade).
Now that they have qualified at the state level, the students will be able to apply to represent Michigan at the National FFA Agriscience Fair at the National FFA Convention to be held in Louisville, Kentucky in October 2013.
In addition to submitting a research paper on their results, students had to display their research and be scored on a 15 minute interview with 3 judges. Saline FFA swept 1st, 2nd, 3rd in the Power & Technical Systems senior division and 1st and 2nd in the Animal Science junior division. All are agricultural science student at Saline High School with David Mellor, FFA Advisor.