Middle school students once again demonstrated their breadth of knowledge last week with the Annual Dickson Middle School Academic Fair.
"It is a great opportunity for our students to show off how talented and intelligent they are," said Principal Toby Ringwald. "Thanks to all of the teachers, especially Sherry Cargal, for organizing and encouraging participation" Awards were given for first through third place in each grade, as well as an overall winner in each division.
Garrett Larson won the Language Arts Division by writing a free-verse poem about a tree.
"It was a life lesson my grandpa taught me about a tree," he said. "It's about making a difference by being you." The poem was 29 lines, with some lines rhyming.
"It was just something I wanted to do," Larson said. "I like writing as a hobby."
Overall Winner — Garrett Larson
First place — Kylie Farmer Second place — Aubrey Maxey Third place — Madison Cimo
First place — Garrett Larson Second place — Meredith Hendry Third place — Riley Collins
First place — Brittany Peterson Second place — Brayden Watkins and Justin Rutledge
Third place - Cody Moore
Brandon Bell won Science Division by making a phonograph.
"You can't really understand it at all, and it was kind of hard to find the materials to make it," he said.
According to Bell, the hardest par t to find was a metal funnel, which he finally located at an auto parts store.
Overall Winner -Brandon Bell
First place - Sarah Huhman Second place - Brooklyn Luelf Third place (tie) - Logan Robson Third place (tie) - Hunter Palesano
First place - Brandon Bell Second place - Sam Herriott and Thomas Johnson Third place - Cody Garner
First place - Chance Sweeten Second place - Jimmy McQuistion Third place - Zane Henderson
Cadie Sanders drew a werewolf made of tree branches for her winning art piece.
"I thought it would be pretty cool to draw out of trees because it would be creative and my own drawing," she said. "The hardest part was coming up with the creative idea."
Overall Winner - Cadie Sanders
First place - Cadie Sanders Second place - Kelsie Engle Third place - Tommy Smith
First place - Lindsey Wallace Second place - Jacey McHenry Third place - Macy Moore
Jordyn Nipp won the History Division with a project on Oklahoma history.
Her display included items like Girl Scout cookies, bread ties and an aerosol can, all things that began in Oklahoma. Facts included being the state with the most man-made lakes.
"There were a lot of interesting things about Oklahoma that I didn't know before," she said.
Overall winner - Jordyn Nipp
First place - Jordyn Nipp Second place - Trey Haggerty Third place - Emily Jewell
First place - Brook Kyle Second place - Dakota Byers Third place - Courtney Leyva and Austyne Smith
First place - Jaci Peoples Second place - Emma Meeks Third place - Brooklyn McCoy
Jenna Elmer won the Math Division by studying Angry Birds. With help from her mom, a high school math teacher, Elmer calculated the parabolas formed by the birds and the angle needed to knock the buildings down.
"I was just really determined to get that overall win this year," Elmer said. "I've been brought up around math, and it was definitely fun because half of it was playing Angry Birds."
Overall Winner - Jenna Elmer
First place - Landri McClure Second place - Treasure Hunter Third place - Cheylo Wells
First place - Gavin Nichols Second place - Corbin Faulkner Third place - Caelan Young
First place - Jenna Elmer Second place - Austin Hunter Third place - Madison Stringfellow and Brianna Owens