Updated: Jan 6, 2019
St. Columban was featured in the Cincinnati Enquirer on May 23. Here is a snippet from the article and a link to read more.
The 2018 Ohio State Science Fair was held at The Ohio State University Saturday, May 12, with about 1,000 students from across the state presenting their scientific research.
Students showed scientific research projects for evaluation in an academic competition the equivalent of a state athletic championship. St. Columban School in Loveland had 19 students earn a superior rating for their work. Ben McPheron is the teacher guiding the students who earned the top honors.
“It’s, I think, pretty rare,” said McPheron, about 19 out of 20 students from the school gaining a superior rating. “That’s the most we sent since 2005.”
Back then everybody in junior high at St. Columban was in the science fair. Things changed in 2012 when McPheron thought it might be better if students from only one class from seventh and eighth grade entered the science fair competition. Students must test-in to the class, like other advanced classes.
“We found great success with doing that,” he said. “I think we’ve taken something that was already pretty good and, hopefully, pushed it to the next level.”