WAEF honors brilliant young minds at Mid-Columbia Science Fair

Young minds querying subjects such as “Does it change how much people like foods and beverages such as orange juice if the color is altered?”, “What apple varieties have the most water content?” and “Do cookies taste better if dough is stored in the refrigerator before baking?” converged in Kennewick for the annual Mid-Columbia Regional Science and Engineering Fair last week.  For their innovative projects entered into the “Food & Agriculture” Category, ten students were recognized by the Washington Apple Education Foundation with $40 gift cards to Hastings.

Sue Graf, Process Development Scientist at Tree Top, Inc., speaking on behalf of herself and fellow judge John Baranowski, also at Tree Top, “We narrowed down a total of around 300 projects at these grade levels to about 40 projects in food and agriculture for our interviews.  The students were enthusiastic about their projects and eager to share and also learn from us.”

The 2015 Mid-Columbia Science Fair Food & Agriculture Category honorable mention recipients are 6th grade students Zoe Gothold, Carmichael Middle School, Richland; and Reese Small and Kara Nelson, Enterprise Middle School, Richland. 7th grade students Amy Ballon, Kyle Benjamin and Kyle Murdock, West Valley Junior High, Yakima; and Marlee Weets, Harrison Middle School, Sunnyside; and 8th grade students Brian Fang, Carmichael Middle School, Richland; Marissa Solia, Franklin Middle School, Yakima; and Juleidy Rodriguez, Washington Middle School, Yakima.

The Washington Apple Education is the charity of the tree fruit industry.  Its mission is to impact lives through access to education. For more information, contact WAEF at (509) 663-7713 or www.waef.org.