Home-Schooled Students Hold Science Fair at UTSI

For release April 3, 2006

Home-Schooled Students Hold Science Fair at UTSI

Three students took top honors in a science fair for home-schooled students April 1 at The University of Tennessee Space Institute.

Taylor Jackson, daughter of Randy and Julie Jackson of Estill Springs, placed first with an exhibit labeled “Don’t Give Your Teeth the Brush-Off.”

Micah Hauge, son of Jeff and Tammy Hauge of Winchester, took second place with his “Opening a New Can of Worms” exhibit while Haley Wert, daughter of Dr. Mark and Lorie Wert of Decherd captured third place with her “Juice Rockets” exhibit.

Other participants included Derek Kudla, son of Mike and June Kudla, and Kimberlie Jackson, daughter of Julie and Randy Jackson, all of Estill Springs, and Abby Smith, daughter of Eric and Julie Smith, and Decon and Seth Doak, sons of Andy and Melissa Doak, all of Tullahoma.

Christy Huddleston of Murfreesboro, a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, was judge of creativity while Tom Ebel of Massachusetts, a graduate student in Electrical Engineering at UTSI, judged the science aspects.

Tammy Hauge and UTSI Administrative Specialist Rebecca Layman of Decherd coordinated the event. Jeff Hauge handed out awards to the participants during a dinner in the Institute’s dining room.

FIRST PLACE winner Taylor Jackson is joined at her exhibit by, from left, Rebecca Layman, UTSI, and Christy Huddleston, and Tom Ebel, judges.

Micah Hauge, whose science project placed second, stands with,
from left, Rebecca Layman, Tom Ebel, and Christy Huddleston.

Standing with Haley Wert beside her science exhibit that placed third are, from left, Rebecca Layman, UTSI, and judges Tom Ebel and, right, Christy Huddleston.

Participants in a science fair held at UTSI are, from left, Christy Huddleston, judge, Decon Doak, Haley Wert, Kimberlie Jackson, Abby Smith, Taylor Jackson, Tammy Hauge, coordinator, Micah Hauge, Seth Doak, Derek Kudla, and Tom Ebel, judge.

— UTSI photos