Marion Nottingham made be gone, but his legacy lives on.
This year, Plato Elementary School fifth-grader Caleb Mikel was the recipient of the Stephens County Science Fair award named for Nottingham. The award is the best-in-show honor for the science fair.
Although the award is given to a student each year, this is the first time the award has been given since Nottingham died. A retired science teacher and former Optimist Club member, Nottingham died March 12, 2011, at 82 years old. He had been present at the 2011 Science Fair to present the award to last year’s recipient, Darien Vassella.
This year, Mikel was given the award by Jason McIntyre, who was one of the Halliburton employees heading up this 2012 event.
Mikel’s project determined if air pressure could crush a can.
Demonstrating his project, Mikel put a tablespoon of water in aluminum cans and put the cans on a hot plate until the water began turning into vapor. From there, he turned the cans over in water (ice water, room temperature, boiling) to see if the change in temperatures would crush the cans.
What he found was that the colder the water, the more effective the crushing.
“One day I was in a hot tub and I jumped into a cool pool,” Mikel said. “I felt like I was being crushed, and I wanted to know why.”
After doing research, he began forming the thesis for his science fair project.
“I did learn a lot,” Mikel said. “Air pressure can crush cans. So can water pressure.”
The Science Fair is sponsored by both the Optimist Club and Halliburton. This year, there was a change in the people who were charge of the event. While some of those in charge have been involved, McIntyre said this is the first year for them to take full control without supervision.
“This is really the first year, trial by fire,” McIntyre said. “We’ll continue to get better next year.”
He said this year’s fair reflected a trend that has become more and more tenuous each year. In the past few years, there has been little high school participation in the fair. This year, there was no one of high school age involved from any of the schools in Stephens County.
“There’s typically not a lot of high school participation,” McIntyre said.
In all, there were 88 projects entered, and McIntyre said there are plans to increase participation next year.
“We’re going to the elementary and middle schools in November to get the word out earlier,” he said.
Marion Nottingham made be gone, but his legacy lives on.
Empire FFA champions
The Waurika P.I. recently held its annual FFA Opening Ceremonies contest at the First Baptist Church in Marlow. Chapters from Stephens and Jefferson County competed for first place and an opportunity to attend the state contest in Stillwater.
Seventeen teams competed with four coming back for the finals. The Empire FFA ninth grade team came out on top. Team members were Cale Schreiner, Anna Mitchell, Luke Davis, Alexia Newman, Ryley Dumas and Blake Cheatwood.
Greenhand quiz finalists
Ryley Dumas of the Empire FFA chapter and Ryan Kerr of the Duncan FFA chapter were two of 50 high school freshmen FFA members from across Oklahoma to qualify for the state finals of the Greenhand Quiz Career Development event held Oct. 21 on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.
Central High FFA attends National Convention
Central High FFA attends National FFA Convention
A group of 11 students and five adults from Central High left the Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 30 on their journey to the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ken.
Duncan High yearbook team proves they’re ‘smoking hot’
Deadlines, staff meetings and presentations are only a few of the reasons the Duncan High School Smoke Rings yearbook staff were awarded with Sweepstakes for the second consecutive year.
This year’s yearbook “Smoke Rings” and newspaper “Demon Pitchfork” staff attended Fall Media Monday, hosted by Oklahoma Scholastic Media, on Nov. 4 at the University of Oklahoma. Staff members had their choice of various sessions to attend throughout the first part of the day, then awards were announced for the 2012-13 yearbooks.
Schools receive A-F report cards
Most school districts may not be happy about the results of the A-F grading system released Wednesday.
The Duncan School District received a D+, a grade it shares with the Comanche, Empire and Velma-Alma school districts. Those grades make up half of the school districts in Stephens County.
Other county results included Grandview with a C, Bray-Doyle with a C+, Marlow with a B- and Central High with an A. Central High was the only school district to receive an A last year.
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Teacher of the Year candidates
Nine Duncan teachers were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Duncan School District. And in two weeks one will be selected as Teacher of the Year.
These nine teachers are this year’s teacher of the year nominees. They include Christy Jarboe, Emerson Elementary; Kyle McPherson, Plato Elementary; Cindy Millirons, Woodrow Wilson Elementary; Michelle Spurgin, Mark Twain Elementary; Amy Benton, Horace Mann Elementary; Tammy Bennett, Duncan Middle School; and Denise Clark and Lisa Snider, Duncan High School.
DHS Band places eighth in OBA contest
Duncan High School Band’s marching season is drawing to a close. And for its final contest, the band placed eighth overall, while giving what Band Director Jeramy Haas referred to as its best performance.
The band competed in the Oklahoma Band Association (OBA) contest Oct. 26 in Mustang. The contest featured 4A and 5A high school bands from around the state. And the DHS Band was one of the competing bands to make it to finals.
Otha Grimes Scholarship benefits 10 nursing students
Ten Red River Technology Center Practical Nursing students were recently awarded the fall Otha Grimes Scholarship by the Oklahoma CareerTech Foundation.
Red Dirt Dinos roam the earth at Science Museum Oklahoma
Oklahoma’s largest Cretaceous carnivore and a claw-wielding predator on the hunt are among the life-like dinosaurs at the center of Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure which opened Oct. 14 at Science Museum Oklahoma.
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