RiverKings Defenseman Guest Judges at Lewisburg Middle Science Fair

By: Sylvia Petty

January 26, 2012

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. -- While resting and healing up on the injured reserve list, Mississippi RiverKings defenseman Matt Russo took full use of his recovery time by visiting Lewisburg Middle School to help judge projects in the school’s annual science fair on Thursday, Jan. 19.

The science fair featured projects from sixth, seventh and eighth graders on topics ranging from microbiology to chemistry, physics, botany, zoology, medicine and health.

Russo judged projects mostly in the physics category, asking students about how they picked their project, what they learned, and why the information their project presented was important.

One project by eighth-grader Daniel Pruitt hit close to Russo’s home on the ice, testing how fast hockey pucks can move on ice, when frozen at different temperatures.

The RiverKings are excited to keep Mid-South kids excited about learning through the game of hockey with their upcoming “10th Annual Face Off Field Trip presented by Belhaven University” on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Teachers and educators interested in bringing their students to this one-of-a-kind event mixing education, hockey and entertainment should send an e-mail to communitydevelopment@riverkings.com or call the RiverKings office at (662) 342-1755.

David Fisher, a seventh grader at Lewisburg Middle School, explains his project exploring magnetic fields to Mississippi RiverKings defenseman Matt Russo at the school’s annual science fair on Thursday, Jan. 19.

Mississippi RiverKings defenseman Matt Russo with eighth grader Erin Tweedy at Lewisburg Middle School’s Science Fair on Thursday, Jan. 19. Tweedy’s project tested whether energy drinks or caffeinated sodas provided a better energy boost. Her idea for the project stemmed from many early mornings getting ready and ‘amped up’ for softball games.

Lewisburg Middle School eighth grader Tyler Dye explains his project “Expandable Broadband vs. Fixed Broadband Arrows” to Mississippi RiverKings defenseman Matt Russo at the school’s science fair on Thursday, Jan. 19. Dye told Russo his grandfather, an avid archer and hunter, helped him with the project that explored which arrow tip was most effective on impact.

Lewisburg Middle sixth graders (from left) Taylor Torrence and Taylor Sanders couldn’t let Mississippi RiverKings defenseman Matt Russo leave the school’s science fair without taking a picture and signing some autographs. The two were the first of many students who had their picture taken with Russo at the school’s annual science fair on Thursday, Jan. 19.

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