Area students recently were recognized for their accomplishments during the awards ceremony at the 2013 South Carolina Independent School Association State Science Fair in Orangeburg.

Addison J. Foster, a student at Northwood Academy in North Charleston, took the top spot in the elementary general science category.

Luke Moore, also a student at Northwood, was awarded first place in the elementary physical science area.

Cameron Hay and Nolan Knox, who attend Charleston Collegiate School on Johns Island, teamed up to take second in the junior interdisciplinary team category.

Cameron Crow and Elvin Chateauvert, also students at Charleston Collegiate, were third in their division.

Victoria Cook, who attends Northwood, took third-place honors in the elementary environmental category.

“These students are to be congratulated for their practical applications of the scientific method,” said Larry Watt, executive director of SCISA. “The caliber of the entries indicates the amount of work all of the students put into their projects.”

The SCISA State Science Fair was open to students in the following age divisions: elementary, grades 3-5; junior, grades 6-8; and senior grades 9-12.

Each division had seven categories: biological science, physical science, computer/math, environmental science, psychology/sociology, interdisciplinary team project and general science.

Judging criteria included technical correctness, aesthetic quality, theory, feasibility, effort and scientific methods. About 165 projects were judged at the state science fair.