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Vail Valley students shine at science fair

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyEagle County Charter Academy state science fair competitors Malia Barca, Anna Skelton, Anna Tedstrom and Tony Clark are dressed for the school's pajama day Friday.

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado ” Eagle County Charter Academy sixth graders Malia Barca, Tony Clark and Anna Skelton and eighth grader Anna Tedstrom represented the school and Colorado’s Vail Valley at Colorado State Science Fair April 9-11 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

At the regional science fair competition in Grand Junction in February, Malia placed first and Anna Skelton placed third. Tony and Anna Tedstrom also qualified for advancement to the state competition.

At the state competition, Tony Clark’s project, “Can Composition Beat the Competition?” won the Alfred Nobel Pioneers of Science Award. Tony tested a wooden hockey stick and two-piece and one-piece hockey sticks for both speed and accuracy. He concluded wooden sticks performed best.

Anna Tedstrom was awarded “honorable mention” in the plant sciences category for her project, “Dog-Gone Yellow Spots.” She tested the impact on lawns of urine from dogs that had eaten high protein dog food and dogs that had eaten a low protein dog. She concluded that high protein dog foods harms lawns more.

Malia’s project was titled “Water, Water Everywhere, But Not a Drop to Drink; E. coli Dangers!” She tested various locations along the Eagle River for E. coli contamination and concluded that the overall amount of E. coli in the Eagle River increases as the river flows down valley through Eagle County

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She was awarded “honorable mention” in the Microbiology category. Malia also won $400 for placing first in water-related science research. Malia won the Naval Science Award in recognition of project excellence from the US Navy and Marine Corps. Malia also won $75 on behalf of the Colorado Environmental Health Association in recognition of her outstanding Environmental Health project.

Anna Skelton’s project was titled “Positive Paws in Reading.” She tested to see if reading with a certified therapy dog would help improve the fluency in children’s reading. She concluded the dogs improved fluency greatly.

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