Stella Niagara Education Park sixth grade students Lucy Ebbole and Ella Colbus entered their science fair projects in the Niagara County Fair held July 30 through Aug. 3. They both received blue ribbons for their projects and were recommended for the New York State Fair, which was held in Syracuse in early September.
Jennifer Ebbole, Lucy's mother, said both girls are members of local 4-H clubs.
"4-H members are encouraged to enter educational items into their local county fairs," she said.
In addition to the science project, Lucy entered her DARE essay and a library research project on Jacques Cousteau. Ella entered a painting of a peacock and various arts and crafts projects. The girls received blue ribbons for the science projects at the State Fair. Lucy also is a junior competitor in the miniature horse and driving divisions.
Stella Niagara holds a school science fair each spring for grades five through eight. This was the first year Lucy and Ella participated in it. Students are required to formulate a hypothesis, research a theory, write a report detailing the results of an experiment and create visual and oral presentations. SNEP then hosts a regional science fair in mid-March for students from several Niagara County schools.
"4-H has been a very important part of Lucy's life, and teaches her good values and makes her a very well-rounded individual when paired with her Stella Niagara life," Jennifer Ebbole said.
Stella Niagara Education Park is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity and is a private, co-educational, Catholic school for Montessori and kindergarten through eighth grade. For more information, call the school at 754-4314.