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Students Excel at Pasadena ISD’s Secondary Science Fair

Students Excel at Pasadena ISD’s Secondary Science Fair
Posted on 01/28/2015
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Pictured Left: Bondy Intermediate School student Anas Arrakkal poses next to his Best of Show winning science fair project “Fuel for the Future”. Arrakkal is one of nearly 30 that will go on to represent Pasadena ISD at the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston in February.

Over 70 Pasadena ISD students walked into the San Jacinto College Central Campus science building Friday, Jan. 23, anxious to construct their displays for the District’s Secondary Science Fair.

Participating students represented nine of Pasadena ISD’s intermediate campuses and also included seniors from Sam Rayburn High School.

Serving as judges for the science fair were more than 20 college professors from the three San Jacinto College campuses, the director of the San Jacinto College Aerospace Academy and members of the Geophysical Society of Houston.

The students were judged in nine categories including Chemistry, Biochemistry, Plant Sciences, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Medicine and Health Sciences, Energy and Environmental Sciences, Materials Engineering, Physics, Team Division and Senior Division.

Students presented their projects to three separate judges before being dismissed to participate in science and robotics demonstrations by San Jacinto College students.

First, second and third place ribbons were awarded in each category as well as special trophies for Best of Show, Second Best of Show, Third Best of Show, Best Experimental Design, Best Real-World Application and Most Creative.

At the awards ceremony, participants along with their families and teachers were welcomed by Dr. Kelly Simons, Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences at San Jacinto College and Pasadena ISD’s Dr. Karen Hickman, Deputy Superintendent for Academic Achievement.

Nearly 30 of the district’s science fair participants will advance to the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston at the University of Houston Alumni Center Feb. 27-28.

First Place Team
Clara Berrospes and Karla Borrego, students at Jackson Intermediate School, show off their science fair display for “Detergent Germination”. The girls placed first in the Team Division and will represent Pasadena ISD at the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston in February.


Best Real World

Angel Aguilar from Beverly Hills Intermediate School discusses his project “When Sparks Fly” with a judge in the physics room. Aguilar took second place in his category, won a special trophy for Best Real-World Application and will move on to the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston in February.


Winners are as follows:

  • Best of Show- Anas Arrakkal - Bondy Intermediate School*
  • Second Best of Show- Angela Alfaro - Southmore Intermediate School*
  • Third Best of Show- Pearl Phan - Bondy Intermediate School*
  • Best Experimental Design- Adrian Montez - Beverly Hills Intermediate School*
  • Best Real-World Application- Angel Aguilar - Beverly Hills Intermediate School*
  • Most Creative- Kelly Pham - Thompson Intermediate School

Chemistry

  • First Place - Adrian Montez – Beverly Hills Intermediate School*
  • Second Place – Jonathan Santos – Queens Intermediate School
  • Third Place – Julianna Blanco – Queens Intermediate School

Biochemistry

  • First Place – Joanna Macedo – Jackson Intermediate School*
  • Second Place – Mariel Lara – San Jacinto Intermediate School
  • Third Place – Reyes Berrones – Park View Intermediate School

Plant Sciences

  • First Place – Sarah Tyler – Beverly Hills Intermediate School*
  • Second Place – Eber Navarro – Jackson Intermediate School*
  • Third Place – Princess Magdaraog – Jackson Intermediate School

Behavioral and Social Sciences

  • First Place – Angela Alfaro – Southmore Intermediate School*
  • Second Place – Susan Garcia – Southmore Intermediate School*
  • Third Place – Noah Gill – Miller Intermediate School*

Medicine and Health Sciences

  • First Place – Pearl Phan – Bondy Intermediate School*
  • Second Place – Chloe King – Miller Intermediate School*
  • Third Place – Alessandra Palma – Park View Intermediate School*

Energy and Environmental Sciences

  • First Place - Anas Arrakkal – Bondy Intermediate School*
  • Second Place – Kacy Huerta – Thompson Intermediate School*
  • Third Place – Vanessa Villegas – Bondy Intermediate School

Materials and Engineering

  • First Place – Daniela Fraga – Miller Intermediate School*
  • Second Place – Anne Avilez – Park View Intermediate School
  • Third Place – Kelly Pham – Thompson Intermediate School

Physics

  • First Place – Demitrio Torres – Miller Intermediate School*
  • Second Place – Angel Aguilar – Beverly Hills Intermediate School*
  • Third Place – Omar Lara – Jackson Intermediate School*

Team Division

  • First Place - Clara Berrospes and Karla Borrego – Jackson Intermediate School*
  • Second Place – Jennifer Nguyen and Michaela Taylor – Beverly Hills Intermediate School*
  • Third Place - Oscar Aguirre and Randy Guajardo – San Jacinto Intermediate*

Senior Division

  • First Place – Karl Knight – Sam Rayburn High School*
  • Second Place – Emily Rivera – Sam Rayburn High School

*Denotes students who will participate in the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston. Also participating are Mihn To and Ashley Tsikis of Beverly Hills Intermediate; Aquila Berry and Princess Aguilar of Jackson Intermediate; Dulce Garcia of Miller Intermediate and Giselle Quinonez of San Jacinto Intermediate.