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Valley students impress at regional science fair, now heading to nationals

Students at West Hants Middle School who received major awards during a recent science fair were, from left: Amy Amirault — Top Discovery Project; Lucas Hilden — Top Innovation Project and Top Overall Project; Isabelle Dickie and Lily Frost — Top Resources Project; Jack Pemberton — Top Environment Project; and Alex Labrecque — Top Energy Project.
Students at West Hants Middle School who received major awards during a recent science fair were, from left: Amy Amirault — Top Discovery Project; Lucas Hilden — Top Innovation Project and Top Overall Project; Isabelle Dickie and Lily Frost — Top Resources Project; Jack Pemberton — Top Environment Project; and Alex Labrecque — Top Energy Project. - Contributed
BROOKLYN, N.S. —

West Hants Middle School was well represented at the regional science fair at NSCC Kingstec last month for Grades 6-8.

Now some are getting ready to head to the national fair in Fredericton.

Rob Davies, a math and science teacher at the school, said these fairs give students the opportunity to explore topics of personal interest, and develop important problem solving and analytical skills.

“For a week in Fredericton they will face the national panel of judges and take part in a number of interactive and hands on science activities,” Davies said. “They will meet students from all over Canada, and the world.”

Jack Pemberton, of  West Hants Middle School, Daniel Duke, of Kings County Academy, Matthew Barbour, of Kings County Academy, and Lucas Hilden, of West Hants Middle School attended the SMU Science Showcase for Team Nova Scotia.
Jack Pemberton, of West Hants Middle School, Daniel Duke, of Kings County Academy, Matthew Barbour, of Kings County Academy, and Lucas Hilden, of West Hants Middle School attended the SMU Science Showcase for Team Nova Scotia.

The projects at the national fair represent the top 450 projects in the country and students compete for cash and prizes.

On top of these major category winners, many other students receive recognition and medallions for their efforts.

West Hants Middle School was previously represented by one student in Calgary in 2004, three students in Montreal in 2016, one student in Ottawa in 2018 and now two students this year in Fredericton.

Jack Pemberton and Lucas Hilden, students at West Hants Middle School will be heading to Fredericton later this year.

Hilden has developed a facial recognition device to help people with Alzheimer’s, and other conditions that make facial recognition difficult.

Pemberton conducted an in-depth study and environmental analysis of the new Highway 101 twinning project as it pertains to the causeway.

Davies said both projects are the result of more than one hundred hours of work and research on each topic.

Hilden and Pemberton will be representing the Annapolis Valley along with two Kings County Academy students, Daniel Duke and Matthew Barbour, at the National Science Fair in Fredericton.

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