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2018 OSC Bioscience winners

State Science Day 2018 is in the books, and it was a good one for soybean-related science! 36 projects applied for the award. The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF) sponsored awards are given to the best projects using soybeans in the areas of biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, or earth/environmental sciences. OSCF offers awards to the best science projects from the district competition and the State Science Day, held on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus.

State-level winners

The team award, $1000 to be split among team members, goes to Spencer Rettkowski and Colin Doss, 7th grade, at Holy Family School in Stowe, OH: Freeze, Seed! A Soybean Project.

Spencer Rettkowski and Colin Doss

Individual awards (33 projects judged)

First place, winning $1,000: Abigail Hissong, 12th grade, at Milton-Union HS: The Effects of Fungicide on the Growth and Yields of Corn and Soybeans

Abigail Hissong

Second place, winning $500: Sarah Seeley, 12th grade, at Benjamin Logan HS: Soybean Peroxidase

Sarah Seeley

Third place, winning $250: Lohith Savardekar, 7th grade, at Dublin Coffman HS: Exploring Nitrate Runoff Levels in GMO vs. Non-GMO Soybean Plants

Lohith Savardekar

The competition included eight more projects judged than last year and judges were sent to every district. Students in grades 5 through 12 are eligible to win up to three $100 awards in each of the 17 districts.


These students won prizes at the district level:

  • Clana Danman and Karsyn Hostetler, Pettisville High School: The Effect of Road Salt on Growth of Soybeans
  • Rebecca Young and Elizabeth Ida, Delaware Hayes High School: Oh Drought! How to Help Soybeans Require Less Water
  • Collin Doss and Spencer Rettkowski, Holy Family School: Freeze, Seed! A Soybean Project
  • Tiffany Russell and Anna Nolan, Turpin High School: The Effect of Magnetized Salt Water on the Growth of Glycine Max

Learn more about the awards sponsored by the Ohio Soybean Council Foundation.

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