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White Brook Middle School announces Science Fair winners

This year’s White Brook Middle School Science fair featured 75 student projects on topics ranging from engineering to ecology.

Some 250 family members, former middle school students and other interested community members came to view the project displays last week before winners of the fair were announced March 24, according to science teacher Jan deUbl.

Seven local judges, including engineers and retired and current science teachers helped select the winners, who will go on to participate in a regional middle school science fair set for April 27. Winners of that contest will compete in the statewide science fair on June 1 in Worcester.

In the “top honors” category, first place was a tie between two teams, Allison Christopher and Karina Volpe, and Hanna Vescovi and Angela Nardi. Second place went to Sylvia Ciberowski and third place to Stephanie Martinez.

Honorable mentions went to Teresa Perez, Bunya Nhem, Hailey Patenaude, Veronica Hing, Makayla Guertin, Meghan Pion, Chase Ouellette, Colin Pagnoni, Henry Wong, Jordan Andrews, Ryan Parnell, Cameron Brodeur, Johnathon Bara, Madison Grabowski

Isabelle (Terri) Poirier, Rachel Mastorakis, Jacob Thayer, Tess McCallum, Ella Smith, Daniel Callahan, Frank Cole, Anthony Redfern, Eamonn Graeme, Morgan Page-Lacoff, Hannah Miller, Skylah Colon, Megan Morissette, Kyle Malouin and Tyler Sullivan.

Japanese drumming and more

Fans of world music and cuisine, mark your calendars for the sixth annual Elementary School Cultural Festival, scheduled for April 11, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Pepin School auditorium.

The evening will open with a musical performance of Japanese taiko drumming by Odaiko New England, followed by family-hosted displays, music, art, food and games from more than 20 countries in the school gym.

Jacqui LaFrance, an English language learner teacher at Center/Pepin and one of the original festival organizers, described the annual event as “magical.”

“It’s so satisfying to experience the school families being the experts,” she said.

This year’s displays will cover Australia, Brazil Cambodia, Ireland, Mexico, Nepal, Poland, Spain, Tibet and others, LaFrance said. Classroom projects on display include family trees, peace mosaics and flags, among others.

This year’s lead parent organizers are Megan Frazier and Jane Lohmann.

For more information, call Pepin Principal Robert Orlando, 529-1540 or email LaFrance at lafranj@easthampton.k12.ma.us.

Restaurant fundraiser

The inaugural “Dine in Easthampton” fundraiser for White Brook Middle School in February month raised $1,520 for books, supplies and other school needs. Coordinated by the school’s Students and Teachers Engaged With Parents group, the fundraiser is expected to become an annual event, organizers say.

Participating restaurants donated a portion of meal sales Feb. 19 to the school. The roster included Apollo Grill, Riff’s Joint, Tavern on the Hill, Village Pizza, Papa George’s Pizza, Glory of India and Easthampton Diner.

Richard Lyman, one of the owners of Riff’s Joint, said his restaurant “definitely saw some increased sales because people were out to help White Brook.”

“We’d do it again,” added Lyman, who lives in Easthamtpon. “It’s a good cause for the community.”

EHS logo garb

Shirts, sweatshirts and other apparel with the Easthampton High School logo are now available online. Proceeds will benefit the classes of 2013 and 2015. To order, visit: https://ssastores.com/store/easthampton-high-school-easthampton-ma/

Barbara Solow can be reached at BSolow@gazettnet.com.

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