OTTOVILLE — Chad Schnipke, 14, a freshman at Ottoville High School, is already making a name for himself academically.
“I do like school and I like to think of myself as one of the smarter kids in our grade. I try not to brag here, but I do average usually all As and try to work my hardest in school and achieve that every year. I do love science, that’s probably my favorite class and do like science fair,” he said.
Schnipke, the freshman class president at Ottoville High School, attended the National Genius Olympiad Science Fair in June at the State University of New York in Albany.
“It was an amazing experience. It was so cool. Such an eye-opener. I competed against 954 other science projects that came from around the world,” he said.
His science fair project looked at how well filtered water pitchers worked.
“I had three different brands of water pitcher filters which were Britta, Pure and Zero Water and I took each well water sample and put it each water pitcher filter and tested the ph and total hardness of each well water after it went through the filter,” he said.
He met dozens of other students from around the world and he brought back several items from the international students.
“You learn about the people’s culture, their dress, their language, their food, how they act around other people, how smart they are and how they do science fair different from us, and it’s definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” he said.
As for his plans for college, it’s something that’s on his mind, but he still has time to decide.
“I’m starting to think about it. I kind of want to go to [Ohio State] for something. With the success I’ve had in science fair so far, I’m hoping I can continue that success throughout the next four years here, and I kind of want to go into the environmental science field and do something in there at OSU or any other college that I may go to,” he said.
While the science part is OK, he excels in presenting his topic at the science fair.
“I have a natural gift from my parents to present, I guess, which really helps in presenting your topic. I have a good memory, which helps, and whenever I learn something, it sticks in my brain for a while,” he said.
He has nothing but positive things to say about his experience in Ottoville schools.
“I love this place. I couldn’t imagine going to a big school, like Lima. People are saying you really get lost in the crowd there. I’m glad I’m here because it’s small. You know everyone in your grade. I’m friends with everyone and the teachers, you can have a connection, a relationship with on a personal level, and they’re all willing to help,” he added.
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