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AYER — Alyssa Ware, Shannon Tucker and Samantha Igo, all sixth-graders at Ayer Middle-High School (AMHS), decided to create “Plant Reaction” as their Science Fair project after hearing about the fair through fair coordinator and AMHS parent Dr. Leslie Adams Lariviere.

“After hearing Dr. Lariviere, we thought it would be really fun to be a part of the fair,” said Igo.

Ayer’s Science Fair was held April 5. There, Ware, Tucker, and Igo earned a spot at the regional fair held May 3 at UMass Lowell.

Their project tests what kind of water will make plants grow more successfully — tap, spring or distilled. The girls report that tap water works best when growing plants, but spring water comes in a close second.

“I was really nervous going in there,” said Ware. “I saw a lot of really great projects, but I knew that we had done a good job with our presentation and our scientific reports.”

The project netted the team a third-place finish, qualifying the trio for the Massachusetts State Fair slated for June 7 at Worcester Technical High School.

Tucker, who hopes to someday be a pediatrician, knows that there will be more pressure at the state level, but she said she and her friends are ready for it.

“We have worked really hard, and we all like science, so I think we will do well,” she said.