From left to right: Roneka Lee, Bondy principal, Drema Quinn, Bondy life science teacher, Nina Rodriguez, Bondy seventh-grader and Holly Yoes, Pasadena ISD instructional specialist for intermediate science.
Bondy seventh-grader Nina Rodriguez with her first place regional medal, second place ribbon and most creative trophy from the local competition.
Bondy seventh-grader Nina Rodriguez defied the odds last month when she placed first in the junior division of the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston, making her the first Pasadena ISD student in eight years to qualify for the state competition.
Rodriguez was hopeful but did not expect to do receive a first place medal.
“I was really excited and shocked when I found out I was going to state,” Rodriguez said. “I never thought my project would go this far. I tried to hold in all of my giggles at the awards ceremony because I couldn’t stop smiling.”
Her project, The Mosquito’s Secret, was based on research from New Mexico State University where scientists tested leading brands of bug spray as well as bath and perfume products from Victoria’s Secret to see whether they attracted or fended off mosquitoes.
Rodriguez’s research revealed that while these products did repel mosquitoes, bug spray still performed the best overall.
In addition to her first place win and qualification for state, Rodriguez received the Award of Excellence from the Krishen Foundation for Arts and Sciences and a cash prize of $100.
“I was blown away with Nina’s performance,” said Drema Quinn, Bondy life science teacher. “She has been so self-motivated to do whatever she needed to do to get the job done. I knew I would see great things from her, but you just never know what the results will be at the end of the day.”
Rodriquez was accompanied to the regional fair by Quinn, Brandy Knust, Beverly Hills science teacher, Laura Sanchez, Miller science teacher and six other Pasadena ISD students. Participants were Bondy students Noah Peter, Kie Martin, Nia Pereda and Natalie Cornelio, Miller student Cynthia Britton and Beverly Hills student Julie Trinh.
Rodriguez along with her parents, Elena and Ramon Rodriguez, will travel to San Antonio at the end of this month to compete in the Texas Science and Engineering Fair at the University of Texas at San Antonio.