Top prizes awarded at 2022 Central Regional Science Fair

Hastings College hosted six schools that participated in the Central Regional Science Fair for the Nebraska Junior Academy of Sciences on Wednesday, March 1. This year’s fair was held at Hastings Museum.

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Senior Division state qualifiers, left to right: Nick Conant, Dylan Janzen, Lauree Pickinpaugh, Serese Janssen (not pictured: Ella Buhlke, Addie Buhlke and Jerzie Schindler)

Schools that participated in this year’s Central Regional Science Fair were Adams Central Junior/Senior High School, Central City Public Schools, O’Neill Jr/Sr High School, Sandhills Public Schools, Silver Lake High School and St. Cecilia High School.

The science fair is split into two divisions; the Junior Division is open to students in sixth through eighth grade; the Senior Division is open to those in nine through 12.

More than 70 projects were entered for this year’s fair. Six projects from each division were selected to move onto the State Science Fair competition. The top Senior Division projects from the state competition will also qualify for the National Science Fair.

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Junior Division state qualifiers, left to right: Amelia Buhlke, Connor Sutton, Kallan Cox, Beau Bonifas, Julia Buss, Makenna Karr

The 2022 Central Regional State Qualifiers are listed below. An abstract booklet of all entries can be found at

Junior Division

Beau Bonifas – Silver Lake High School
Julia Buss – Central City Public Schools
Amelia Buhlke – Central City Public Schools
Kallan Cox – Sandhills Public Schools
Makenna Karr – Silver Lake High School
Connor Sutton – Sandhills Public Schools

Senior Division

Ella Buhlke – Central City Public Schools
Addie Buhlke – Central City Public Schools
Nick Conant and Dylan Janzen – Adams Central Jr./Sr. High School
Serese Janssen – Adams Central Jr./Sr. High School
Lauree Pickinpaugh – Central City Public Schools
Jerzie Schindler – Central City Public Schools

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