Earlier this month, Peabody 8th grader James Henter won First Place in the Microbiology category at the 37th Annual Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair with his project, “Bacteria in a Local K-8 school: Quantity, Type, and Response to Cleaning Products.”

There were over 400 projects at the fair, representing more than 30 schools from over a dozen counties. James enjoyed chatting with the many judges during the day-long event. His first place finish includes an award of $100 for classroom use by his science teacher, Kris Chain. With this first-place result, James is now also entered into the prestigious Broadcom Masters national science fair and week-long program. Good luck, James!