Press Release

Urbana University Hosts 2018 Champaign County Science Day


Sherry Mercurio
Executive Director, Office of Community Relations
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Urbana, OH (February 28, 2018)

On Thursday, Feb. 22, Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University, joined event sponsors Cargill, Premier Health, Stonyridge Veterinary Service of Troy, 100 Proof Press of St. Paris, and the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, by hosting the 2018 Champaign County Science Day. As an advocate of promoting STEM programs as a means for advancing the country’s economic and technological future within the global marketplace, Urbana University was proud to have the opportunity to promote the development of creative thinking, research and writing skills and career motivation toward the sciences, all in one program. 

The February 22 event drew together 32 Champaign County students, grades 5-12 from Urbana Schools and Graham Middle Schools.  Students completed science research projects and presented their findings to area professionals, researchers, and educators.

Project topics included biology, chemistry, botany, space & earth sciences, computers, zoology, microbiology, biochemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics, medicine & health and behavioral & social science. 

Eleven students received the highest rating of “Superior.” Students receiving Superiors were:

  • Urbana High School – Zachariah Pence, Noah Todd, Stephanie Selvaggio, and Aryn Upchurch
  • Urbana Middle School – Joseph Lightle and Kalila Lightle
  • Urbana East Elementary – Samuel Wilhelm
  • Graham Middle School – Grace Tyler, Ethan McLean, Chase Greek, and Cooper Strader

These students are eligible to go to the District Science Day held at Edison State Community College in Piqua on March 10th.  Students receiving a superior at District may go on to the State contest held at The Ohio State University in May.

From Graham Middle School and in 1st place ($100) was Grace Tyler.  In second and third places were Ethan McLean and Cooper Strader, both of Graham Middle School ($50 each). 

Additional awards included:

  • Boonshoft Museum of Discovery One Year Family Membership:  Ethan McLean
  • 100 Proof Press - Best Project in Chemistry or Energy $50:  Chase Greek, Graham MS
  • Stonyridge Veterinary Service - Best Project in Biology or Environmental Science- $50: Cooper Strader, Graham MS    
  • Premier Health - Best Project in Behavioral Science or Medicine & Health $50: Grace Tyler, Graham MS
  • Stonyridge Veterinary Service - Best Project in Physics, Engineering or Material Science $50: Zachariah Pence and Noah Todd, Urbana HS
  • Stonyridge Veterinary Service Award for Best Presentation of Data $75: Bronwyn Walker, Urbana HS
  • Stonyridge Veterinary Service Award for Best Abstract $75: Samuel Wilhelm, Urbana East Elementary

Special thanks go to Dr. Kody Kuehnl, Dean of Arts & Science & Technology and STEM Director for providing the event welcome.

Urbana University congratulations all of the winners and applauds the efforts of the event to help raise awareness and interest in STEM programs.  For information on Urbana University’s STEM and other academic offerings, visit:

About Urbana University - A Branch Campus of Franklin University

Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University, prepares students for successful and professional careers within a caring and supportive environment. Regionally well known for education and teacher preparation programs, Urbana was founded in 1850 and acquired by Franklin in 2014. Urbana’s 128-acre, residential campus nestled in heart of Ohio provides a background for students actively engaged in campus activities through 20 student-led academic, professional, performing arts, social and service organizations. Blue Knights athletics includes 17 NCAA Division II sports and three intercollegiate club sports. Urbana University is a division of Franklin University, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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