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FAIRMONT, W.Va. -- Jefferson High School students recently participated in Fairmont State University's inaugural science showdown competition, which involved solving lab challenges in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, and forensics. The event also allowed JHS students to tour the Fairmont State campus and learn more about the university as part of its recruitment efforts. 

JHS students attended in two teams. The first team included Rowen Davis, Aston Klein, Keagan Adams, and Joss Poteet, and the second included Eli Dillow, Dylan Gauthier, Aiden Farabaugh, and Gibbs Miller. 

The two teams had 40 minutes to solve lab challenges across four scientific fields. The chemistry challenge involved the extraction of chlorophyll and calculations. The biology challenge tasked teams with creating a dichotomies key to sort the students in the room. The physics challenge required students to build a catapult and then develop an equation of the arch of the projectile. The forensics challenge asked teams to determine the characteristics of an individual based on skeletal remains. Fairmont State professors and students facilitated each challenge. 

Both teams performed well in the competition, with Team Two placing first in the physics challenge and winning third place overall. Congratulations to all attendees on a job well done!