Trio earns awards at state science fair

Local students (from left) Grace Bryant, Jessica Hartmus and Laura Hartmus participated in the Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair April 1 in Indianapolis, with each student earning an individual award.
Local students (from left) Grace Bryant, Jessica Hartmus and Laura Hartmus participated in the Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair April 1 in Indianapolis, with each student earning an individual award. Photo provided.

Jessica Hartmus, a Bishop Luers High School student from Roanoke, and Huntington Catholic School students Grace Bryant and Laura Hartmus participated in the Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair April 1 at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Jessica Hartmus, who advanced to the state science fair for the fourth consecutive year, earned the University of Notre Dame College of Engineering Award for Excellence in Engineering. She was selected from all participants in grades six through 12 for the award.

She competed in the high school division with her project, “Molding Bricks, Molding Lives: Designing Technology Improvements to brick production for the People of the Fort Portal Region of Uganda — Year Two.”

Bryant, a Huntington Catholic eighth grader from North Manchester, earned the Outstanding Research in Psychological Sciences award for the middle school division. She was also awarded a full scholarship to a one-week DNA Learning Center Residential Summer Camp at the University of Notre Dame.

Her project was “The Effect of Reinforcers on Short-term Memory.” This was the second consecutive year that she advanced to the state event.

Laura Hartmus, a Huntington Catholic seventh grader from Roanoke, received the United States Navy Award for Excellence. This was her second consecutive year to advance to the state science fair.

Her project was “LUKE: Letters of the Ultimate Kindle Expedition (A Study of Robotics).”