Young scientists triumph at regional fair

Joan Mitchell photo Pinedale Middle School students put in a strong showing at the Regional Science Fair in Rock Springs on Feb. 2. Pictured in front, from left, are Oakley Francis, Naomi Gaffney, Teagan Fildey, Remedios Mata and Ryan Allsop. Second row, from left, are Aylen Mills, Juniper Dale, Shealyn Bennett and Macie Antonino. Third row, from left, are Israel Bandin, Ash Cooper, Casi Ruch, Alessandra Goodsell and Oz Koci. Back row, from left, are science teacher Clare Rutar, Gavin Bohnet, Paxton Loveday, Taggart Harber, Luke Nagel and science teacher Devin Howard.

ROCK SPRINGS – Twenty-one bright young minds from Pinedale Middle School competed at the Southwest Regional Junior and Senior Division Science Fair on Feb. 2 at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs and returned home with a bag full of hardware.

Six student projects captured golds, three earned silvers and two snagged bronzes at the event.


Ash Cooper achieved first place in the engineering and mechanics category and won first place overall for the Regional Science Fair.

First-place was awarded to the following students in a variety of categories:

Alessandra Goodsell in behavioral and social sciences

Juniper Dale in animal sciences

Samantha Prior in computer science

Macie Antonino and Oakley Francis in biomedical and health sciences

Taggart Harber and Paxton Loveday in microbiology

The following students received second place:

Israel Bandin and Gavin Bohnet in plant sciences

Shealyn Bennett and Remedios Mata in biomedical and health science

Teagan Fildey and Naomi Gaffney in behavioral and social sciences

The following students earned third place:

Oz Koci and Casi Ruch in animal science

Aylen Mills in animal science