by Jeff Raichel, Principal at Sacred Heart School in Farmington
Above photo: Seventh grade participants Sara deKay, Angelica Sabol, Damian Burnham, Clayton Raichel, and Anthony Heidke
The San Juan Regional Science and Engineering Fair took place Saturday, March 15th, at the campus of Piedra Vista High School in Farmington. Students from public school districts from the area, as well as parochial, private, and home schooled students participated. As in the past, Sacred Heart Catholic School was well represented and performed very well.
This is the only regional science fair that has fifth grade students participate. SHCS had four of our fifth graders receive recognition: Alexandra Burnham placed second and Simone Overson received and honorable mention in the Life Science category, David Sabol placed 3rd and Cora Mullins received and honorable mention in the Physical Science category. Simone also received a special award for her project from the ASM Materials Education Foundation.
Three of our sixth grade students received honorable mentions in their categories: Max Colley in Chemistry, Grace Gomez in Medicine/Health, and Hunter Perez in Microbiology.
SHCS had five seventh grade students qualify for regional science fair and all five placed. In Chemistry, Sarah deKay placed first and Angelica Sabol placed second. Damian Burnham placed first in Microbiology. Anthony Heidke placed first in Physics. Clayton Raichel placed third in Behavioral Science. Sarah, Angelica, Damian, and Anthony all qualified to participate in the State Science and Engineering Fair, to be held at New Mexico Tech in Socorro, April 4th and 5th.
In addition, several of the seventh graders also received special awards: Angelica received an award from the Friend of the Nature Center which permits her to display her project at the Nature Center after the state competition; the US Air Force gave recognition to Damian’s project, and Sarah received similar recognition from the US Navy. Sarah, Damian, and Anthony also received the Broadcom Master special award. This was given to only ten junior division participants, and allows the winners to submit their projects for further recognition and prizes.
Congratulations to these students, and a special thank you to their science teacher Mrs. Maureen Roth, and English teacher Mrs. Margaret Colley for their help with the projects.