Photo: Scientifically minded

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Twelve Rappahannock County Elementary School students joined 385 other participants in the University of Virginia’s largest-ever science fair last month in Charlottesville. Grilled by judges over a four-hour period — and competing in categories with 30 or more participants — seven students took home awards. The 12 students were (front row, from left) Alicia Whorton (third place, mathematics), Amanda Puskar, Skylar Culbertson (honorable mention), Danielle Fryant (second place, energy and transportation) and Lauren Petty (first place, medicine and health); and (back row, from left) seventh-grade science teacher Elaine Frank, Sophia Hernandez, Kerrie Baker (honorable mention), Sam Barnes (honorable mention), Bryce Jones (honorable mention), Phillip Wyatt, Layne Vickers (sixth-grade science teacher), Ben Kopjanski and Casey Woodward (not pictured). Fryant also received a special award for her project from the U.S. Army, while Petty’s top finish gives her a chance to move onto further competition.

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