The students at Grove Valley Elementary School got up close and personal with the creepy and crawly things that lurk on the ground in Oklahoma. On Friday, students took part in a statewide Ugly Bug Contest sponsored by the Oklahoma Microscopy Society. Strange-looking bugs that are common to this area were put on display near the school’s front entrance and students got to see the bugs before casting their vote.
Meredith Mustain, a fifth-grade teacher at Grove Valley, got her school involved in the contest hoping students would become more interested in science. The bugs themselves were collected by the students and for the safety of students, spiders, scorpions and other venomous bugs were not allowed to be entered into the contest. Once the votes are tallied, the ugliest bug chosen by Grove Valley’s students will be sent to the Oklahoma Microscopy Society. In December, the society members will announce what the state’s ugliest bug is for 2009. Should Grove Valley’s bug be the winner, the school will receive a new light microscope.