Local Students Excel at Junior Missouri Academy of Science Competition

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 17, 2012 – Two students from Delta R-V Junior High School took top honors at the Junior Missouri Academy of Science competition April 14 in Columbia, Mo.

Lydie Reitzel and Jamie Hodge won the Animal Science Section and an award for the best overall animal science presentation and paper in the Academy’s Junior High Division. These honors allowed them to advance to the final competition for best overall presentation, where they received a “superior” rating and won one of two Fitzpatrick Awards for best overall presentation.

Their project is titled “Peaceful or Punky Music for Porkier Pigs?” They are students of Rebecca Cook.

“This is an honor for them, their school and our region,” said Dr. Christine Aide, instructor of geosciences at Southeast Missouri State University.

Reitzel and Hodge were among several area junior high and high school students participating in the 56th Annual Southeast Missouri Regional Science Fair March 6 at Southeast Missouri State University. They took their project one step further, using their data to write a paper and make an oral presentation for the Missouri Junior Academy of Sciences district competition held in conjunction with the Science Fair at Southeast Missouri State. Their finish at Southeast allowed them to advance to the state competition in Columbia.

“This is exciting,” Aide said. “They are the first from their school to even go (to Columbia), let alone win a section. Now, on their resumes, they can say they have presented at two scientific meetings. I am so proud of them.”