Cherokee County School District saw 18 of its students place within the top three in their categories among students statewide.

At the Georgia College State Science Fair, eight Cherokee County students placed first, seven placed second and three placed third.

Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy second-grader Rishabh Pandya earned the top award of best in show, in addition to her category’s highest honor, Best of Physical and Computational Science. Clark Creek first-grader Ananya Das earned Best of First Grade, as well as the top honor for her category, Best of Biological and Environmental Sciences. Both students were advised on their projects by the school’s STEM teacher, Karen Garland.

Seven CCSD students also earned special awards sponsored by Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority and Cobb EMC. The organizations awarded $50 prizes to select winners.

Other CCSD first place winners include: Nolan Cason, fifth grade, Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy; Cherno Cham, third grade, Oak Grove Elementary School Fine Arts Academy; Zavier Reinhart, fourth grade, Hasty Elementary (Cobb EMC winner); Evie Sickbert and Andrew Sickbert, fifth grade and third grade, Clark Creek Elementary; Naomi White, fifth grade, Clark Creek Elementary (Cobb EMC winner, CCWSA winner).

CCSD second place state winners include: Max Ha and Isabella Truong, fourth and fifth grade, Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy; Hunter Hawkins, fourth grade, Hasty Elementary; Hannah Parrish, third grade, Clark Creek Elementary; Annalise Richard, fifth grade, Oak Grove Elementary; Christopher Rodriguez-Sanchez, fifth grade, Oak Grove Elementary; Hailey Sandifer, fifth grade, Hasty Elementary.

CCSD third place state winners include: Aubrey Burgess, fifth grade, Oak Grove Elementary (Cobb EMC winner); Lucas Vanderberg, fifth grade, Oak Grove Elementary (Cobb EMC winner, CCWSA winner); Layla Wendell, fourth grade, Hasty Elementary.

“Congratulations to all of our state winners for their dedication to learning, research and exploring the world of science,” Superintendent Brian Hightower said. “We’re so proud of you for your hard work and this impressive accomplishment. We also are grateful to the outstanding teachers who advised our students on their research and to our community partners for their sponsoring of prizes.”

The event, presented by Georgia College and State University, was held virtually in March with live-stream project presentations and interviews of students by judges.

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