MHS students compete at State Science & Tech Fair


Four Marshalltown High School students competed at the State Science & Technology Fair of Iowa March 30-31 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, bringing home three awards.

In the Senior Team Seminar (writing and presenting a paper) freshmen Ryley Faircloth and Sumeet Panchal placed fifth and won $20 for their project: “The Effects of Being Monitored While Driving”.

In the category of Mathematical Science sophomore Ben Anzis placed first and won $75 for his project, “On the Sum of Integers Raised to an Integer Power”

Anzis was also a Senior High Semifinalist, which meant his was considered one of the top 10 percent of the projects entered.

Freshman Ashley Harris competed in the Chemistry category with her project, “Sparklers: The Spark of Color”.

To prepare for the science fair, students “test their wings as real scientists by following scientific methodology for the duration of their research project.  In their quest to win the judges’ attention, students also learn marketing skills, written and verbal presentation skills and poise under pressure as they present their findings during interviews with judges.  The projects are judged by a volunteer pool of over 200 scientists and engineers from private industry and higher education.”

More information about the fair can be found at