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Young Researchers Excel at State and National Science Competitions


September 27, 2018

Kaeley Einck

Kaeley Einck and Jack Farquhar excelled in science research opportunities this past summer. Both Kaeley and Jack excelled in local and regional science fairs this past year as students at South O'Brien High School. Jack was crowned champion of the South O'Brien Science Fair last February, while Kaeley was in the Top Five. Both went on and excelled at the Western Iowa Regional Science Fair comprising schools from the forty-five western counties in Iowa, west of Interstate 35. The Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair comprises all schools east of Interstate 35.

Jack Farquhar, for his Runner-Up finish at the WISEF (Western Iowa Regional Science and Engineering Fair), was awarded an all-expense paid trip to New York to compete at the National Young Genius Olympiad Competition in Oswego, NY. After a series of week-long events and judging, Jack was part of the 3rd Place group at the competition. The Genius Olympiad is an international science fair comprised of students from over 100 countries from around the world. His project, "Jack's Beanstalks," was a study on seeding population and its effects on crop yield.

Kaeley Einck competed at the Iowa State Fair in the 4-H Division with her project on "Synthetic vs. Natural Antibiotics," and came away with a prestigious Iowa State Future Discovery Award and a $ 500 scholarship to Iowa State University. Kaeley carried out extensive research in testing various synthetic and natural organic antibiotics on bacterial cultures.

Both students are part of the science research teams of South O'Brien which encompass both the regular Iowa Science and Engineering State Fair in Ames, and the FFA Agri-Science Fair at Iowa State. Both are closely integrated with the State of Iowa 4-H organization.

Kaeley Einck

Students under the tutelage of Kevin Brasser (Biology Teacher) and Eric Kumm (FFA Advisor), have been very successful in science research competitions over the past 25 years. Numerous students have attained local, state, national, and international recognition, including Young Genius Olympians, ISWEEEP Environmental Finalists, INTEL ISEF World finalists, FFA National Star awardees, and A White House Science Fair Finalist in Eric Koehlmoos (Top 40 projects in the United States). Students have earned over $125,000 in trips, prizes, and scholarships, and many students have gone on to successful science and agricultural careers.


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