Students excel at Regional Science Fairs

April 10, 2018

Northside students have excelled at numerous science fair competitions this spring.

Intel International Science & Engineering Fair

Chloe Boerner-Martinez, a Jay Science and Engineering Academy freshman, has qualified for the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh. She will compete with 1,800 students from 75 countries in May. 

Female student standing next to science fair project display board titled Economizing Materials on a Pratt Truss Bridge

Texas State Science and Engineering Fair

The Texas State Science and Engineering Fair was held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in late March.

Eighteen Northside students competed in the middle school division. Award winners included Rudder Middle School students Ayumi Vazquez, 1st place in Biochemistry, and Emma Maltos, who won the State Environmental Master Naturalist Award.

In the high school division, Jay Science and Engineering Academy students Nathaniel Ferrill earned 1st place and Jessica Romero earned 2nd place, both in the Earth and Environmental Sciences category. Ruthvik Nunna from Brandeis HS won 3rd place in the Physics and Astronomy category. 

 

The Alamo Regional Academy of Science and Engineering (ARASE) sponsors two regional competitions for students in south central Texas – The Alamo Regional Science & Engineering Fair and the Alamo Junior Academy of Science.

Alamo Regional Science & Engineering Fair

The Alamo Regional Science Fair was held March 1-3 at St. Mary’s University.

Students from Folks, Hobby, Jones, Rudder, Stinson, and Vale middle schools competed. Middle school students receiving grand prizes, first or second place, and advancing to the state competition were Rosa Acevedo, Tatiana Flores, Daniel Lewandowski, Andrew Schneider, and Priscilla Zavala, Hobby MS; Sydney Holmes, Vale MS; Malachi Drew, Keayen Jeppson and Rachel Rosser, Folks MS; Harsimar Kaur, Emma Maltos, Zoilo McCrocklin III, Levi Pena, Richard Pena, Talleen Najar, Omar Ratrut, Vincent Tomasetti, and Ayumi Vazquez, Rudder MS. 

Students from Brandeis and Health Careers high schools and Jay Science & Engineering Academy participated in the high school division. Chloe Boerner-Martinez of Jay SEA earned Second Grade Prize in Engineering which qualified her to advance to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair. Health Careers HS students Sophia Xu, Cherubina Rubannelsonkumar, and Samantha Guerrero won Third Grand Prizes in Engineering, Medicine & Health, and Behavioral & Health Sciences, respectively. Northside students swept the Fourth Grand Prizes – Nathaniel Ferrill, Jay SEA, Earth & Space Science; Uma Srinivasan, HCHS, Biochemistry; and Jessica Romero, Jay SEA, Environmental Science. 

The campus level Alfred G. West Awards went to Rudder MS and Jay Science & Engineering Academy for their school participation and scientific excellence in the Earth & Space, Engineering, and Environmental categories. These campuses also won the Charles McGibbon Awards for school participation and scientific excellence in Math & Computers and Physics categories. Jay SEA also won the Sister Joseph Marie Armer Award for School Participation.

Alamo Junior Academy of Science

The Alamo Junior Academy of Science was held January 20 at the Lee STEM Academy.

At the middle school level, Rudder MS students earned grand prizes in several categories – Levi Pena, First Grand Prize, Environmental Science; Emma Maltos, Third Grand Prize, Environmental Science; and Taleen Najar, Fifth Grand Prize, Earth & Space.

In the high school division, First Grand Prizes were awarded to Margaret Godfrey, Brandeis HS, Medicine & Health; and Jessica Romero, Jay SEA, Environmental Science. 

Third Grand Prizes were awarded to Nathaniel Ferrill, Jay SEA, Earth &  Space; Jingsi Zhou, Brandeis HS, Biochemistry; and Maria Celeste Olvera, Jay SEA, Environmental Science.   

Fourth Grand Prizes were awarded to Jake Remmert, Jay SEA, Engineering; Chamberlyn Barnett, Jay SEA, Medicine & Health; and Trevor Erwin, Jay SEA, Behavioral Science. Erick Gonzalez, Jay SEA, won Fifith Grand Prize in Botany.