Powder River Basin Resource Council Awards Prizes to Science Fair Participants

Powder River Basin Resource Council Awards Prizes to Science Fair Participants
Powder River Basin Resource Council Awards Prizes to Science Fair Participants

The Powder River Basin Resource Council, a grassroots organization dedicated to conservation of Wyoming's natural resources, has announced the winners of this year's science fair. Sheridan Media's Chris Foy has the story.


The Powder River Basin Resource Council has been awarding students at Wyoming's state science fair in Laramie, held at the University of Wyoming, for a long time. Bill Bensel with the resource council explains.

The group selected four projects this year. Sarah Bockman, a 12th grader at Greybull High School won the senior division with her project on reducing contaminants in mineral production using mushrooms.

Dante Sylvester, an 8th grader from Greybull took home the prize for the junior division for his project on seed blankets. Southeast High School 10th grader Katrina Haines won in the category of renewable energy for her project on efficient wind turbines, while Andrew Ratty and Preston Gromer of Big Horn High School won the junior division for their project on hydrogen. Bensel explains how the winners were chosen.

He says seeing these incredible students put together such amazing work was an inspirational experience.

The students together received $750 in cash awards and became honorary members of the Powder River Basin Resource Council. Stay tuned for more on the winning project from Ratty and Gromer of Big Horn High School.

Editor's note: The students together received the award, not individually.

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