About 1,200 students participated in Ohio's premier science fair on May 10. Hosted at Ohio State's French Field House, State Science Day participants received $4 million in awards and scholarships. Promotion from a local and district science fair is required for this opportunity.

The local launching pad for all Hudson City Schools honors chemistry and biology and other select students came via the 3rd annual NEOHSTEM Alliance/ Kent State STEM Project Fair on Feb. 1. Students who earned a Superior (highest honor) were promoted to the Western Reserve District 5 Science Day on March 15 at the University of Akron. Of those, students who then garnered a Superior at District were promoted to State Science Day.

"Receiving a Superior or Excellent at State Science Day is an excellent opportunity and a personal victory lap for our students," said Sheila King, director of the NEOHSTEM Project Fair.

"Hudson City Schools had the largest number of students participating at State Science Day with 47 projects. Hudson represented nearly one-fifth of the participants at the District Science Day. It is an outstanding showing for our District," said Dr. Tomas Kosa, president of the NEOHSTEM Alliance and judge for State Science Day.

Hudson City Schools also had an excellent showing of parents participate as judges and volunteers. Anna Barbur, a chemical engineer and director of a local chemical lab, volunteer judge and district representative said, "Students at Hudson don't realize how lucky they are to have this opportunity. It is the best training for defending their work and tremendous practice for job interviewing."

Of the 47 projects, 26 received a Superior and 19 received an Excellent. Most projects were high school students. Iulia Barbur received a 5-year award; she has participated at the State Science Day for five years. Klaudia Kosa and Anna Faust, students from East Woods Elementary, participated as a team and received a Superior for their project. Culminating in State Science Day, the science fair season has yielded thousands of dollars in scholarships and awards for Hudson students.

Individual student projects receiving a Superior at State Science Day included: Iulia Barbur, Ari Basu, Jarrett Bellin, Yun Cao, Martin Estrada, Ricarda Harnischmacher, Danny Kim, Chris Kim, Ashley King, Laura Kloostra, Karina Kosa, Nicole Lehman, Nolan Loughry, Heather Neifert, Zeynep Ozgur, Gani Perez, Erica Pinto, Connor Redslob, Emily Teutsch, Clayton Travis and Jamie Verser.

Team projects receiving a Superior included: Mairead Miklos and Gretchen Weaver, Jacob Movshin and Theodore Muller, Simon Conover and Thomas Morgan, Annika Margevich and Adeline Wicherham, and Klaudia Kosa and Anna Faust.

Individual student projects receiving an Excellent were: Lauren Hackenberg, Spencer Jack, Joseph Kenerson, Maria Kesic, Krisztian Kosa, Sarah L'Hommedieu, Alena Madar, Megan McDonnell, Ashley Nicholson, Andrew Suchan and Gloria Tie.

Team projects receiving an Excellent were: Bryce Meyer and Jacob West; Metthew Diener and Derek Hess; Dev Gupta, Brandon Higgins and Jonah Wieland; Donna Payravi and Mira Scarnecchia; Elizabeth Osthues, Kate Watkins, and Shannon Weber; and Harry Byers and Matthew Stevenot.

Twelve students were also promoted to the Regional NEOSEF (Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair) at Cleveland State University on March 11. These students were selected not only for their Superior at the NEOHSTEM Project Fair, but their involvement in STEM activities such as Robot Team, Science Olympiad, and STEM Internships.

NEOSEF student placements per project category included: Ari Basu - 1st place Health and Medicine; Zeynep Ozgur - 1st place Engineering; Ashley King- 2nd place Environmental Science; Iulia Barbur - 2nd place Biology; Yun Cao- 2nd place Biology; Joseph Gaynor - 2nd place Physics; Chris Kim - 2nd place Chemistry; Danny Kim - 2nd place Computer Science; Nicole Lehman- 2nd place Behavioral Science; and Krisztian Kosa - 3rd place Computer Science.

The NEOHSTEM Alliance is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides and supports STEM programs and events in the area including STEM Project Fair, robot teams (4th -12th grade), robot competitions, Science Olympiad, and math competitions. The NEOHSTEM Alliance is sponsored by local foundations, companies such as the Hudson Community Foundation, Rockwell Automation, Alpha Micron, Kent State University and community donors.

For more information on this year and next year's programs, people can attend the awards ceremony and kickoff program May 20 at 6 p.m. at the Hudson High School Media Center. Students with continued participation and demonstrated excellence in STEM activities will receive VARSITY STEM letters and pins. Science fair displays and robot team robots will be on display and program information announced for the 2014-2015 season.

To get involved or donate, the website is www.NEOHSTEM.org or contact info@NEOHSTEM.org.