HOT SPRINGS — The West Central Regional Science Fair, a Regeneron-ISEF affiliated regional science fair for students of the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts, was held Feb. 25-26.

Winners included junior Cameryn Berryhill of Evening Shade, second place overall for research on how a certain soil microbiome affected the growth of native and invasive plants.

As an overall winner, Berryhill earned a trip to the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair to be held virtually May 3-6. The conference at which competition winners will be announced will be held virtually May 16-21.

Individual category and special award winners were also named. Students who placed first through third in individual categories are eligible to compete in the Arkansas State Science and Engineering Fair to be held virtually April 2.

Area winners of individual awards were:

Computer Science: Lawson Smith of Nettleton, second place, and Mason Duren of Keiser and Aiden Thacker of Jonesboro, honorable mentions.

Engineering-Materials and Bioengineering: Kaleb O’Connor of Tyronza, first place.

Environmental Science: Team of Evan Elk of Jonesboro and Olivia Norman of North Little Rock, second place.

Plant Science: Team Sheridan Dethrow of Jonesboro and Gweneth Keith-Powell of North Little Rock, first place.

Special award winners from NEA were:

Team of Evan Elk of Jonesboro and Olivia Norman of North Little Rock, NOAA Taking the Pulse of the Planet Award for outstanding project in NOAA-related science.

Team of Sheridan Dethrow of Jonesboro and Gweneth Keith-Powell of North Little Rock, Society for In-vitro Biology Award for outstanding 11th-grade life science project.