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Spilman advances to international science fair

Mandan High School sophomore Eileen Spilman, who was selected to attend International Science and Engineering Fair. Submitted photo

Mandan High School sophomore Eileen Spilman, who was selected to attend International Science and Engineering Fair. Submitted photo

The 63rd annual North Dakota Science and Engineering Fair was hosted at the University of North Dakota on April 4 and 5. One hundred and ninety six students advanced to the State Fair from six regional fairs to compete. All six students from Mandan participating won awards and were recognized.

The State Fair has 177 awards. Mandan students were honored 25 times and received $1,325 in cash as part of their awards, and one Mandan student, Eileen Spilman, advanced to the International level.

Spilman, a Mandan High School sophomore, was selected to advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair being held in Phoenix, Ariz., on May 12 to 17. Alexander Spilman, an MHS senior, was selected first alternate and Barbara Senger, also a senior, was selected second alternate to attend.

The ISEF is a premier global science competition for students in grades nine through 12 that provides an annual forum for more than 1,500 high school students from 70 countries, regions and territories to display their independent research. Judges must have a Ph.D, M.D. or a minimum of six years related experience beyond receiving a four-year or master’s degree.

Barbara Senger and Alexander Spilman were also recognized for additional awards in the Senior Division. Senger was honored with the Outstanding Project related to Medical or Health Sciences and the Outstanding Project related to Nursing or Nutrition. Spilman was awarded the Outstanding Project in the Chemical Engineering Category, Best Project in the field of Geology or Earth Science, Best Project in the Field of Human-Environmental Interaction and the Outstanding Project in the Environmental Sciences Category.

Eric Spilman, Dale Spilman and Juliann Spilman participated from the Mandan Middle School. These students received the most awards as a school in the Junior Division being honored with 16 awards. Ninety-six students displayed projects in the Junior Division.

Eric Spilman, a middle school eighth grader, received eight awards. He was awarded the Outstanding Project in the field of Geospatial Mapping or Earth Science, Outstanding Project in the Mathematics category, Outstanding Project related to Aerospace Sciences and Outstanding Project Related to Engineering.  He also received awards from Xcel Energy, MDU Resources and Ottertail Power Company for Outstanding Project related to Energy or Electricity. His final honor was being selected as one of twelve first place finishers in the Junior Division.

Dale Spilman, an eighth grader, received seven awards. He was awarded the U.S. Navy Outstanding Project in all categories, Outstanding Project in Civil Engineering and the Outstanding Project related to Water Quality. He also received the Best Project in the Chemistry Category, Best Project relating to Environmental Pollution and-or Remediation and Best Project related to Water Quality by the ND Environmental Association. He was also selected as the Outstanding Best Overall Project 2nd runner-up in the Junior Division.

Juliann Spilman, a seventh grader, was awarded the Outstanding Project in Mechanical Engineering.

Julie Fleck, Mandan Science Fair advisor, chaperoned and advised the students at the State Fair. Fleck will also be the Mandan advisor at the International Science and Engineering Fair.