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Perham students compete at State Science Fair.

Ethan Bachmann (Special Award/Environmental Health), Olivia McNair (Gold Medal), Gage Grunst (Silver Medal), Gage Lippman (Special Award/Environmental Health). 1 / 2
The whole team Sierra Edvall, Madilyn Johnson, Ethan Bachmann, Audrey Tumberg, Abby Fisette, Gage Lippmann, Gage Grunst, Olivia McNair2 / 2

The Perham High School Science Research Team had a strong showing at this year's Minnesota State High School Science Fair.

Eight students submitted seven projects to the fair, which is sponsored by the Minnesota Academy of Science and held March 30-31.

Science Teacher and Team Advisor Shawn Stafki said he's very proud of the kids.

"They did an amazing job," he said. "Win or lose it doesn't matter, as long as they engage in the science."

Each student begins their project at the beginning of the school year, and do their own authentic research to gather data and compile a presentation, Stafki said.

Inspiration for each project varies from looking on the internet or "sometimes it strikes them out of the blue, or it's something they always wanted to know about."

Olivia McNair won the MAS Gold Award, and advances to compete at the National Competition in Albuquerque, NM and also to the International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, AZ

Gage Grunst earned the MAS Silver Award, while Ethan Bachmann and Gage Lippman earned second place in the Excellence in Environmental Health Science award. Abby Fisette, Sierra Edvall, Audrey Tumberg, Madilyn Johnson also submitted projects to the fair.