Students Advance To State After MJAS At CMU

The day kicked off with a focus on science-related research projects and presentations, and concluded with six very excited mid-Missouri middle school students receiving top recognition for a job well done.

Central Methodist University hosted the Missouri Junior Academy of Science (MJAS) Northeast District Competition on CMU’s Fayette campus on Tuesday, March 14. The event welcomed sixth-through-twelfth grade students who gave oral presentations about scientific research projects they completed either individually or as part of a team.

Individual winners move on to the state competition in the annual meeting of the Missouri Academy of Science held April 21-22 at Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, according to Dr. James “Tiger” Gordon, CMU professor of chemistry and division chair and director of the contest. 

School districts who participated in MJAS included Chillicothe, Moberly, Fayette, La Plata, Glasgow (St. Mary’s), and Higbee. 

Individuals advancing to the state competition are seventh-grader Clara Leamer, Chillicothe, with her Microbiology project, “The Effect of the Type of Antibacterial on the Size of the Zone of Inhibition”; seventh-grader Selby Miller, Chillicothe, with her Animal Science project, “The Effect of Feeding Height on Percentage of Dropped Grain”;

eighth-grader Alexie Walker, Chillicothe, with her Environmental project, “The Effect of Brand of Green Cleaner on Worm Survival”; seventh-grader Jacob Lindsey, Moberly, with his Environmental project, “Preventing the Evaporation of Earth’s Water Supply”;

seventh-grader Ciera Miller, La Plata, with her Microbiology project, “The Antibacterial Effects of Garlic”; and eighth-grader Kellen Murrell, Glasgow (St. Mary’s), with his Engineering project, “Attracted to You.”

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