PENDLETON — Under the leadership of Pendleton Elementary School teacher Paul Claxon, students in first through sixth grades had the opportunity to showcase their science skills recently.

The Pendleton Elementary School Science Fair took place Thursday, Jan. 25, at the school, where classmates, friends and family could explore 46 projects presented by students from all grade levels.

Projects included ones that explored moldy bread and computer programming, Claxon said.

Claxon said educators were impressed by the projects, as the work was well thought out and full of fascinating information.

The science fair presentation is the final step of the science projects. With the help of their teachers and parents, the students worked for weeks coming up with their ideas and researching them.

The winners of this year’s science fair were:

First and second grades — first place, Carter Sims; second place, Ryan Mejeur; third place, Adeline Bastin; Honorable Mentions — Max Ricketts and Dylan Miller

Third and fourth grades — first place, Jackson Chamberlin; second place, Adrienne Anderson; third place, Ethan Tannas; Honorable Mentions — Avery Barbosa-Hayes and Colin Axel-Adams

Fifth and sixth grades — first place, Chloe MacMillan; second place, Ava Chamberlin; third place, Greyson Hovermale; Honorable Mentions — Emma Harvey, Warner Sims and Quinn Sisson

The winners and honorable mention students in the third- through sixth-grade divisions will compete in the East Central Indiana Regional Science Fair at Ball State University on Saturday, Feb. 17.

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Kristy Deer is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3262 or kdeer@greenfieldreporter.com.