These three students from James River High School were among the six winners chosen by a panel of judges in the annual Jackson River Governor’s School Science Fair. From left: Thomas Laughridge, whose project was “Does Weekly Exercise Affect Fitness Level?”; Tessa Jones, “Will Temporary Loss of Eyesight Increase Hearing Ability?” and Daniel Holter, “The Effect of Slope Aspect on Above-Ground Biomass”. A total of 21 JRGS students participated in the Science Fair, which is a culmination of weeks of study in “Research,” a course taught by Barbara Kolb, who was a science teacher at James River for many  years. In the course, JRGS students learn the scientific process and how to conduct an experiment. For more information about the JRGS, contact Director Eddie Graham at (540) 863-2872 or email