Cullman Christian School holds 1st science fair

Leeanna Smith

Cameron Kretzschmar with his demonstration of the power of air pressure

CULLMAN – Cullman Christian School (CCS) held its first-ever science fair recently, in the gym at Seventh Street Baptist Church, which currently houses the school.  Three judges, Stacey Smith of CCS, Beth Williams of Wallace State and Mary Hovater from NASA reviewed 23 entries to choose one winner from each high school grade.

Science teachers Charlotte Heatherly and Lauren Wynn headed up the fair.

Heatherly said, “This is the first year we’ve had the science fair.  Grades 9 through 12 participated, and they had to emphasize something they learned in the particular science they were taking this year.  We have everything from physical science to chemistry, to anatomy.  They have worked on them this semester, and they had to do the scientific approach.  I’m very pleased with the variety, and with the effort that the students have put into it in their first year to do this.”

The four winners and their project topics:

  • 9th Grade – Ellie Lunsford, sound waves and resonance
  • 10th Grade – Maggie Holloway, a scientific analysis of the Hindenburg disaster
  • 11th Grade – Cameron Kretzschmar, the power of air pressure
  • 12th Grade – Hope Ledbetter, the effects of Lupus

Heatherly reflected on her experience as a science teacher at CCS:

“I’m a retired public education teacher, and I had not intended to teach again.  This year they desperately needed a physical science teacher: one period a day.  I said, ‘Okay, I can do that.’  I have enjoyed it.  The students are a joy, they love to learn, they are so respectful.  I can integrate my faith with them.  Sad to say now you can’t do that in public schools. 

“This is my one and only year to do it.  I’m going to tell them before I leave that they have restored my joy in teaching.  I had lost it, until I came back this year and taught them.  I now remember why I taught.”

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