Dawson takes first place at Science Expo in Billings

Mikaela Koski
Thursday, March 28, 2019
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Absarokee’s Nila Dawson beat all other eighth graders at the Science Expo to take home first place hardware, as well as the Best Biomedical Project Award.

Dawson, along with 25 of her Absarokee classmates, took part in the 31st annual Science Expo at Montana State University-Billings last week.

The Huskies found success against the more than 200 participants at the southeastern Montana regional science fair, as 13 Absarokee students earned awards. Award winners are as follows:

Nila Dawson (8): 1st place for Eighth Grade; Best Biomedical Project

Claire Hatch (9): Best Use of Math in a Project

Tandy Planichek and Izzy Gurie (8): Future Scientist Award

Monique Mondragon (8): Best Computer Science Project

Colt Hoines (8): Judge’s Choice Award

Shayla Russell (7): Best Use of Math in a Project

Hayden Steffenson (7): Best Physics Project

Callen Gunderson (7): Best Earth or Environmental Science Project

Keagan Sandlin (7): Judge’s Choice Award

Alissa Martinez (6): Taking the Pulse of the Planet Award

Lane DeSaveur (6): Best Wildlife Sciences Project

Logan Young (6): Mack Engineering Award

Other Absarokee Huskies who participated in the Science Expo include: Trevor Zumbrun, Isaac Boyce, Jacob Martin, Chayd Pillion, Layla Rabideaux, Dillon Ferster, Mason Sheppard, Aubrey Winter, Amber Peterson, Alli Noble, Julianna Feddes, and Emma Biorn.

The local students who competed at the Science Expo qualified by earning a blue ribbon at the Absarokee Science Fair in February.