Nearly 600 of the area’s brightest young scientists showed their projects at the San Joaquin County’s 50th annual science fair last week. The following are the local award-winners, most of whom will compete in the state science fair in San Francisco in May.
In the third- through fifth-grade category: Jefferson Elementary School student Kaitlin Spencer won the excellence award for her project, “Elevation Variation” and Hawkins Elementary School students Isabelle de Wood and Sarah Kuzma won a $200 sweestakes award for their project, “Fuzzy Wuzzy.”
Sixth through eighth grade: Freiler School student Upinderpreet Kaur Gill won best in show for the project, “Survivor,” Jefferson Elementary students Bridget Connolly, Kelly Eaton and Alyssa Sheen won the excellence award for their project “Hot, Hot, Baby” and Bella Vista Christian Academy student Conner Goulart won the sweepstakes award for his project, “Environmental Toxins.”
Tracy schools make mark in Science Olympiad
Four Tracy schools took medals at the San Joaquin County Office of Education’s Science Olympiad competition.
Freiler School’s red team placed second, and its gold team placed third in the Division B competition to win a $1,000 grant. Discovery Charter School’s garnet team placed fourth to win a $750 grant in the Division B competition. Hawkins Elementary School’s blue team placed fifth in Division B and won a $500 grant. Tracy High School’s green team placed third in the Division C competition and won a $750 grant.
Poetry and art contest winners
Three seventh-graders at North School took first- through third-place prizes at an art and poetry contest at the Tracy Branch Library last week. Monserrat Verdin’s poem, “Ode to my Mexico,” Sandra Torres’ poem, “Nobody would bring us Down” and Alex Johnson’s art work were all named in the top three in no particular order.