East campus student wins top trophy in first districtwide science fair

Sara Garcia, an East campus fifth-grader, captured a first-place trophy for her exhibit in a districtwide science fair that featured participants from all Varnett campuses.
 
The announcement was made Thursday at the Varnett Administration Annex where exhibits from all 12 student finalists were on display. The event was attended by Varnett Superintendent Dr. Margaret Stroud, the students themselves, parents, administrators and teachers.
 
Southeast campus fifth-grader Sania Phelps earned the second-place trophy and East campus sixth-grader Brian Chacon was awarded the third-place trophy. However, all students and their work were celebrated.
 
The first-of-its-kind districtwide fair was designed to emphasize the importance of science and to salute those students who put in the hard work to showcase their knowledge and skills in the science field.
 
"This represents the upper echelons of The Varnett Public Schools," Dr. Stroud said. 
 
 
 
 
 
Sara's scientific experiment asked the question, "how does the angle of the sun affect the speed of a solar car?" Sania asked, "which gender has better memory?" and Brian's experiment focused on "bottle rocket blast-off."
 
The science fair judging rubric was as follows:
  • Question (The project's question is testable and relates to an area of science)
  • Hypothesis (Prediction)
  • Procedure (Steps)
  • Procedure (Trials)
  • Data & Analysis
  • Conclusion
  • Project Logbook/Lab Report
  • Display
"There's a lot of brainpower in this room," Dr. Stroud said. In praising the students' work, she added: "We need scientists in order for the world to continue to exist and we especially need scientists in our populations of color. Your brains are powerful."
 
The science fair was coordinated by Ms. Wanetta Jones-Allen, the district teacher of the Accelerated Bridge Program, and Ms. Bianca Whitaker, middle school content specialist for science. 
 
Top photo, from left, Sara Garcia, Sania Phelps and Brian Chacon
 
The names of the finalists are listed below
 
 

Campus

Grade

Last Name

First Name

SW

5

Acosta

Hailey

SW

5

Maryland

Ka'Murion

SE

8

Eugene-Onyejaka

Joel

SE

7

Phelps

Sania

East

6

Howard

Ayden

East

6

Chacon

Brian

East

5

Montelongo

Andrea

East

5

Garcia

Sara

NE

8

Campos

Rosa

NE

7

Oliver

Kamya

NE

7

Canales

Nayely

NE

5

Vargas

Jessica

 
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