WATERVILLE — Twenty-two Medomak Valley students competed at the Maine State Science Fair held at Colby College. 152 students from 22 schools participated.

Although not the most experienced, Medomak Valley was the most represented school there. Two sophomores earned second place in their respective categories, including Eli Pluecker for his project about biostimulants aiding in drought resistance in the Plant Science category and Robert (Liam) Smith in Chemistry/Materials for his project surrounding his passion for blacksmithing.

In addition to the category prizes, several scholarships totaling $800,000 were given out. The University of Maine at Orono gave out 12 full tuition, renewable scholarships along with a matched mentor and annual research stipend. For the first time, Ruth Havener earned this scholarship for her project with mussels and microplastics.

The University of Southern Maine gave out three full tuition, renewable scholarships and although this is normally awarded to seniors, Ella Donaghy, a junior, was offered this scholarship.