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The Carthage Press
  • Carthage family honors late son with award

  • On March 25, 2013, Carl Junction Junior High student Luke Nugent and his study partner were honored with a third place award at the Regional Science Fair at Missouri Southern State University.
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  • On March 25, 2013, Carl Junction Junior High student Luke Nugent and his study partner were honored with a third place award at the Regional Science Fair at Missouri Southern State University.
    Ten days before that science fair in 2013, Luke committed suicide after having been bullied on his school bus for several months.
    This year, Luke's family, including his mother and dad, Jessica and Mika Nugent, Carl Junction, Aunt Jenny Brust, Carthage and grandparents, Artist Andy Thomas and his wife Dina, decided to honor Luke with the Luke Nugent Memorial Award for Scientific Excellence which they presented to two students at the 25th Annual Regional Science Fair, held at MSSU. Jessica Nugent said a few brief words about Luke, who went to school in Carthage for a few years, before handing out the award.
    “I've got to say the proudest I've ever seen that boy was when he won (at the science fair in 2012) for his hovercraft," Jessica Nugent said. "And he was completely and totally devoted to the science fair and all of the students who participated there after that, so we have no better way to honor him than to give out a special award."
    Jessica Nugent said her sister, Jenny Brust, and Chris Papa, Senior LED designer with H.E. Williams Inc., Carthage, judged the displays to determine who got the awards.
    "They were really, really floored by these presentations," Jessica Nugent said. "It's a similar experience that working scientists and engineers have in the business community, they have to come out and present their work just like you all did today. And working scientists need to get paid and we're giving $250 to someone in the junior division and $250 to someone in the senior division."
    The senior division winner was Tyler Howrey, Carthage, who created a modification to a deer stand for his presentation.
    The junior division winner was Garrett Nimmo, a Joplin North Middle School student who created an experiment that tested the flammability of bug spray.

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