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Young inventors show off their work
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South Effingham Elementary fourth-grader Katie Howard took first place in the household category for First Impressions, an air freshener that releases a pleasant scent when the doorbell is pressed. - photo by Photo by Paul Floeckher

Young inventors displayed their big ideas at the Effingham County School District’s annual Invention Convention.

The competition is open to all K-5 students, and 66 participated this year in several categories.

The grand champion was Ebenezer Elementary third-grader Tyler Garman for his “Spider Bitter” project.


Following is a complete list of winners:


Effingham County Invention Convention 2013

Grand Champion

Tyler Garman, Ebenezer Elementary



First Place – Megan Coleman, Springfield Elementary

Second Place – Taylor Gillespie, South Effingham Elementary


First Grade

First Place – Miles Murphy, South Effingham Elementary

Second Place – Arianna Armiger, Blandford Elementary

Third Place – Allison Hanovich, Sand Hill Elementary


Second Grade

First Place – Aaron Benton, South Effingham Elementary

Second Place – Jessica Hogg, Ebenezer Elementary

Third Place – Michaela Morgan, Marlow Elementary, and Seth Wallace, Springfield Elementary


Third Grade

First Place – Veronica Harper, Marlow Elementary

Second Place – Vanessa Taylor, South Effingham Elementary

Third Place – Shane Strickland, Sand Hill Elementary


Fourth Grade

First Place –Achaia Duggar, Sand Hill Elementary

Second Place – Addison O’Connor, Ebenezer Elementary

Third Place – Mallory Goff, Blandford Elementary


Fifth Grade

First Place – Kristen Clark, Marlow Elementary

Second Place – Megan Zeldenrust, Sand Hill Elementary

Third Place – Mallory Heape, South Effingham Elementary


Rube Goldberg K-2

First Place – Nicole Sorge, South Effingham Elementary

Second Place – Tyler Cantaline, South Effingham Elementary, Marquion Pelote, Springfield Elementary

Third Place – Felipe Herrera, Blandford Elementary, and Sadie Nance, Sand Hill Elementary


Rube Goldberg K-3

First Place – Tyler Garman, Ebenezer Elementary

Second Place – Jack Hendrix, Springfield Elementary, and Kelsey Keener, Ebenezer Elementary

Third Place – Spencer Jeffers, South Effingham Elementary


Best Environmental

First Place – Anna Collins, South Effingham Elementary

Second Place – Anna Freeman, Blandford Elementary

Third Place – Hayden Dixon, Ebenezer Elementary


Best Household

First Place – Katie Howard, South Effingham Elementary

Second Place – Artem Stavenchuk, Blandford Elementary

Third Place – Walter Burns, Rincon Elementary


Best Health and Safety

First Place – Kelsey Hodges, Sand Hill Elementary

Second Place – Ava Sapp, Blandford Elementary

Third Place – Julia Carter, Ebenezer Elementary


Best Sports and Recreation

First Place – Dru Futch, South Effingham Elementary

Second Place – Sarah Howes, Ebenezer Elementary

Third Place – Nicolas Herrera, Blandford Elementary


Best Pets

First Place – Kiley Hale, South Effingham Elementary

Second Place – Abby Stork, Rincon Elementary

Third Place – Kate Britt, Blandford Elementary, and Maggie Hill, Springfield Elementary