Fostoria teen named finalist in national 4-H contest

FOSTORIA — Paul Sowders, 15, of Fostoria, has been selected as one of 10 finalists in the “Inspire a Future Scientist” video contest, sponsored by the National 4-H Council and HughesNet.
Sowders has a chance to win $1,000 and a trip to 4-H National Youth Science Day in Washington, D.C.
Entries were accepted from young people from all over the country, who submitted 15-second videos explaining why they loved science.
Sowders was selected by a panel of judges that included representatives from HughesNet and 4-H, as well as U.S. Olympic speed skater J.R. Celski, who is also a film producer. His video was about increasing chick hatching rates by implementing scientific methods.
Sowders is seeking votes for his project online at Individuals can vote one time per day until Friday. Videos, and a direct voting link, are also online at
The “Inspire a Future Scientist” contest is designed to spark interest in science, technology, engineering and math careers by helping young people use creativity to connect science to everyday things they experience and enjoy.
“Everyone thinks ‘science’ is reserved for ‘nerds,'” Sowders said in his application, “so I had fun with the whole ‘science gets me chicks,’ thing.”
Sowders will be a sophomore at Arcadia Local School. He is a member of the Biglick Buckeyes 4-H chapter and was a 4-H camp counselor in June.
He will be showing rabbits at the Hancock County Fair this year.



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