June 29, 2020

Local Elementary Students Impress at State Science Fair

Liberty Township, OH (June 29, 2020) – After demonstrating strength in research and the scientific method during last month’s virtual district science fair, eight members of Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School’s (MTCES) class of 2021 participated in the first virtual Ohio State Science Fair. Students submitted photos of their display boards, a video presentation, and answers to judges’ questions. Judges from across the state reviewed and scored the submissions.

On June 12th, MTCES received the following impressive results:

  • Greta Dirksing- Superior rating, The Ohio State University College of Medicine 2020 Future Physician-Scientist Award ($250) for her project determining which lotion moisturizes best;
  • Anna Ehrnschwender- Superior rating, honorable mention for the Dick Goddard Honorary Young Atmospheric Scientist Award for her project on the effects of humidity on baking macarons;
  • Sophie Healy- Superior rating on her project determining which gluten free flour tastes most like real flour in baked goods;
  • Makenzie Jimmar- Excellent rating for her project on which type of fertilizer works best on plants;
  • Maryn Mahoney- Excellent rating for her project on how to best disinfect reusable water bottles;
  • Maura Risk- Superior rating, Governor’s Award for Excellence in Environmental Protection Research ($100) for her project on the best material for reducing heat;
  • Braeden Sample- Superior Rating, the American Physiological Society Award which included a prize pack for his project on whether age, gender, and device affect what one hears;
  • Carter Williamson- Excellent rating for his project on which type of bat can hit the farthest.

“I couldn’t be more proud of these student scientists—from their creativity of topic selection through execution of experiment and presentation, they were first rate,” said junior high science teacher Karen Geiger. “Their quick ability to adapt to virtual guidelines resulting from COVID-19 demonstrated maturity and flexibility.”

MTCES, a 12-year recipient of the prestigious Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education, remains committed to its STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) curriculum. From grades kindergarten through eight, faculty make a concerted effort to present creative science labs and lessons to explore the scientific method. The addition of a kiln to the school building allows the art teacher to introduce clay modeling and ceramic lessons.


MTCES, a 2018 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, is one of only three independent, private Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. A group of 20 families, concerned about the unavailability of Catholic education opportunities in the Butler-Warren, Ohio region, founded the school in 1998. MTCES has built a permanent home on a 25-acre campus in Liberty Township. The state-of-the-art facility opened a new academic wing in the 2016-17 school year, and will serve 560 students in the coming school year.

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Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School
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This school complies with The Decree on Child Protection which is promulgated by the Archbishop of Cincinnati.
MTCES has 563 students in grades K-8 as of October 31, 2020. 
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