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March 6, 2014

Science students headed to state

Corsicana — It’s on to state competition for 10 science students following a successful showing in Waco.

Nineteen students from 6th and 7th grade at CISD competed in the Junior Division of the Central Texas Science and Engineering Fair in Waco on Feb. 25 and 26.

Several students placed in category, including Kayla Rozell, Animal Science, 3rd place; Claire Johnson, Behavioral & Social Sciences, 1st place;  Anna Abbe, Earth & Planetary Science, 1st place; Elizabeth Fitzhugh, Engineering Materials and Bioengineering, 2nd place; Catherine Monk, Energy & Transportation, Honorable Mention; Caden Reed, Mathematical Sciences, 1st place; J.R. Reynolds, Medicine & Health Sciences, Honorable Mention, Jacob Wallen, Medicine & Health Sciences, 3rd  place; and Joshua Monroy, Medicine & Health Sciences, 2nd place; Katie Whearley, Microbiology, 2nd place; Brian Johnson, Physics & Astronomy, Honorable Mention; Cade Johnson, Physics & Astronomy, 1st place; Chasyn Andrews, Plant Sciences, 3rd place; Claire Johnson, Overall Junior Division, 2nd place.

Other students representing CISD include Jennifer Dickerson, Peyton Duncan, Skylar Dutton, Jacob Lopez, Treyson Prevost, and Valerie Rodriguez.

“Our teachers and students spend months preparing science fair projects for competition,” said Adan Casas, principal at Drane Intermediate School. “I am very pleased that we had good representation at the regional fair. Our next stop will be the state competition in San Antonio.”

“All the students did a great job and we are very proud of them,” said Wendy Steele, Drane Science teacher and coordinator of the science fair.

Other teachers involved in preparing students for the science fair include:  Paula Carrico, Martha Hartley, JP Johnson, Wendy Steele, Gena Lopez (aide), and  Jennifer Sutton (Collins).

The Central Texas Science and Engineering Fair (CTSEF), in association with Science Service, is a non-profit organization. Its purpose is to promote interest and expertise in science and engineering among school students in a 13-county region. The CTSEF encourages and inspires students to explore and investigate their world through hands-on research. After conducting research, students present their findings in three-dimensional exhibits that are evaluated by scientists and educators. Students acquire useful scientific knowledge as well as develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills that will help them now and in the future. At the competitions, students have the opportunity to meet students from other schools, exchange ideas, and demonstrate the results of their research. Winners qualify to advance to state and international competitions. The CTSEF is held each spring on the TSTC Campus in Waco.

Students receiving first through third recognition in their category will go on to compete at the state level in San Antonio on March 20-23.

Participating in the state competition will be Joshua Monroy, Chasyn Andrews, Jacob Wallen, Cade Johnson, Anna Abbe, Claire Johnson, Elizabeth Fitzhugh, Katie Whearley, Kayla Rozelle from Drane Intermediate School, and Caden Reed from Collins Middle School.

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