Hays High School students fared well at the regional science and engineering fair March 8 at Fort Hays State University, with eight of its 12 entrants earning state-qualifying gold medals. And three others won silver medals.

With the exception of one senior, all of HHS' state qualifiers are freshmen.

Gold-medal winners from regionals qualify for the Kansas State Science and Engineering Fair on April 4 to 5 in Wichita.

Planning to compete at state are senior Jill Pokorny and freshman Ethen Schmidt individually, in addition to two freshman teams -- Jeanie Balzer and Ana Goodlett and Sierra Eichman and Clara Lee. Also qualifying for state, but unable to make the trip, were freshmen Payton Markley and Cassandra Quinby.

Also locally, sophomore Laura Krug from Thomas More Prep-Marian High School earned a state-qualifying gold medal.

Silver medalists for Hays High were freshmen Alex Feyerherm, Mkilar Otte and Kaely McKinney, while classmate Rachelle Lumpkins won a bronze medal.

Others honored were students from Downs-Lakeside, sophomores Jacob Long and Erin Braun and the freshman team of Cierra Gullion and Carolina Harzman; and Tammy Nguyen, Russell, a student at FHSU's Kansas Academy of Math and Science.

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HHS seniors won two of the four $500 scholarships awarded at the Kansas Music Educators Association state conference earlier this month.

Aislinn Walters won the scholarship for the wind and percussion category, and Shelby Matlock for vocal.

One of the requirements for the applicants was planning to major in music education in college.

Craig Manteuffel, Hays High band teacher and past president of KMEA, said this year's list of applicants numbered approximately 50.

The other scholarships, all funded by the KMEA, went to a strings player and an active member of Tri-M, a high school music honor society associated with the National Association for Music Education.