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Grand Forks students win honors at statewide science fair

Shri Patel, a student at Red River High School, was one of several Grand Forks Public Schools students to take home awards at the statewide competition. (photo courtesy of Lorraine O'Shea/Grand Forks Public Schools)

A half dozen Grand Forks Public Schools students earned top honors at the 69th annual North Dakota State Science and Engineering Fair.

Held at UND, the statewide competition saw students share research projects with more than 100 judges and teachers. The students were chosen as top competitors at regional science fairs held throughout the state earlier this year, according to the Grand Forks Public School District.

Four students at Elroy Schroeder Middle School won awards: Ashtyn Auch, whose honors included the North Dakota Pharmacists Association award; Preston Diederich; Katie Swartz; and Taylor Wilson.

Sophus Hammond of Valley Middle School and Shri Patel of Red River High School also received awards at the fair.

Hammond and Patel took home second-place prizes in the junior and senior division sweepstakes, respectively.

Patel and other winners in the senior division will be moving on to the International Science and Engineering Fair next month in Phoenix.

Dan Niepow

Niepow covers social and community issues for the Grand Forks Herald. Before joining the paper, he worked as a magazine writer and editor. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he currently resides over the river in East Grand Forks, Minn. To reach Niepow with story ideas, send him an email at dniepow@gfherald.com or call him at (701) 780-1110. Follow him on Twitter @dniep.

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