History Day showcase coming up

Murray students are busy working on History Day projects and will showcase their work Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the school. This year’s theme is “Taking a Stand in History.” Students research at least six sources, including books, websites and interviewing historians, to learn more about their topic. Students analyze the sources and create a thesis statement that explains how their topic changed our world. Students will show what they have learned in one of five projects: an exhibit, performance, paper, website or documentary.

Murray holds 33rd annual science fair

Murray Middle School had more than 80 volunteers come to judge more than 200 projects in the school’s 33rd annual science fair Jan. 10. Murray has had a long tradition of science fairs dating back to the 1980s, when science teachers Art Payne and Johnny Bland started the Magnet Science Program for St. Paul Public Schools. Today the tradition continues with projects in 14 categories.

The top three projects in each category will advance to the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair Feb. 24 and 25 at the University of Minnesota. Students heading to the regional fair are listed below alongwith their category:

Animal science (zoology): Sebastian Zarkower, first place; Mira Seeba, second place; and Madeline Thompson, third place

Behavioral and social science: Nora Thomey, first place; Claire Olson, second place; and Ruby Kosiak, third place

Biochemistry: Colin Farnham, first place; Claire Fortier, second place; and Annelise Purcell, third place

Cellular and molecular biology: Abigail Rhee, first place, and Betsy Hofer, second place

Chemistry: Owen Finlay, first place; Sophia Lancaster, second place; and Sullivan Lucy, third place

Earth science:Kaeden Warnberg- Lemm, first place; Isadora McGinley Myers, second place; and Maeli Engelmann, third place

Energy and transportation: Aman Gidwani, first place, and William Nietz, second place

Engineering: Fiona Hatch, first place; Marisol Guevara, second place; and Samuel Skinner, third place

Environmental science: Marit Isaacson, first place; Janey Post, second place; and Samantha Eiken, third place

Medicine and health: Bridget Lee, first place; Hannah Hausman, second place; and Taylor Branson, third place

Microbiology: Ian McKenna, first place, and Amelia Christ, second place

Physics and astronomy: Peter Wenger, first place; Robel Hayelom, second place; and Griffin Hoppe, third place

Plant sciences (botany): Anna Gaudio, first place; Bill Lanceman, second place; and Tana Ososki, third place

Product comparison: Dixon Hedges, first place; Soren Berg, second place; and Devyn Van Puffelin, third place

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