Students excel at Regional Science Fairs

March 5, 2015

Three Northside high school students have qualified for the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), based on their performance in regional competition.   

Christopher Botello, Jay Science and Engineering Academy, Akash Srichandan, Health Careers High School, and Changxiao Xie, Brandeis High School, will compete at ISEF May 10-15 in Pittsburgh.

The Alamo Regional Academy of Science and Engineering (ARASE) sponsors two regional competitions for students in over 100 counties. NISD middle school and high school students earned numerous grand prizes at these recent events. Fifteen students advanced to the Exxon-Mobil Texas Science & Engineering Fair to be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Center March 26-29, and could also qualify for ISEF. 

Regional Junior Academy of Science

The Junior Academy of Science was held Jan. 31 at Lee High School STEM Academy. 

Students presented their experiment’s design and results to a board of professional scientists and engineers who then questioned the students on their work. 

Northside high school students won eight of the 15 Grand Prizes awarded, including First Grand Prizes by Karen Jimenez in Medicine & Health, Health Careers HS, and Randall Sharman in Environmental, Jay Science and Engineering Academy. Second Grand Prizes were awarded to Hyelin Oh in Engineering, Health Careers HS and Morgan Yost in Microbiology, Jay Science and Engineering Academy.

Alex Doyle from the Jay Science and Engineering Academy won Third Grand Prize in Engineering. Fourth Grand Prizes were awarded to Minji Kim in Physics, Health Careers High School, and Luke Weston in Microbiology, Jay Science and Engineering Academy. Licata Hunter from the Jay Science and Engineering Academy won Fifth Grand Prize in Engineering.  

Regional Science Fair

The Regional Science Fair was held Feb. 14-15 at St. Mary’s University.

In the middle school division, three of the 19 Grand Prizes were awarded to Northside students: Second Grand Prize went to Natalie Munoz in Medicine & Health, Stinson MS. Fourth Grand prizes were awarded to Bailey DeJesus in Medicine & Health, Hobby MS, and Sawyer Giffin in Environmental, Folks MS.

In the high school division, six of the twenty Grand Prizes went to Northside students. Jay Science and Engineering Academy student Christopher Botello‘s project was selected as Best in Fair and First Grand Prize.

Second Grand Prizes went to Changxiao Xie in Chemistry, Brandeis High School, Akash Srichandan in Medicine & Health, Health Careers HS, Jonathan Allen and Nasriya Witt in the Team category, Health Careers High School. Third Grand Prize was awarded to Anthony Cerda in Medicine & Health, Jay Science and Engineering Academy. 

Health Careers High School received the Charles McGibbon Award for school participation in Math/Computers and Physics categories and the Jay Science and Engineering Academy won both the Alfred G. West Award and the Sister Joseph Marie Armer Award for school participation and scientific excellence.