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February 8, 2013

Desert High School announces 2013 science fair results

More than 24 subject-matter experts from Edwards and the surrounding areas judged more than 150 science projects over a four-day period from Jan. 30 through Feb. 2.

The science projects were developed by Desert High School students in 10 different categories and 33 ribbons were awarded for outstanding work.

Under the tutelage of Debbie Lewis and Mark Grubb, science teachers at the Muroc Joint Unified School District high school on Edwards Air Force Base, the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior high school students researched, hypothesized, correlated and documented their conclusions, and developed visual presentations on experiments ranging from behavioral sciences to chemistry, biology to applied mechanics, and earth and the environment to aero and hydrodynamics.

Lewis said that the students did a really great job on their presentations.

“Without the subject matter experts, who were kind enough to come in and judge, it would be extremely difficult if not near impossible to get the job done at the school level,” added Lewis.

One junior student said that they could have chosen to take the easier route and studied for a traditional sit-in test, but they learned so much more by doing this project than just science.

“I didn’t earn an award this year, but I learned to use my imagination; look outside the boundaries of a textbook; ask questions; test and retest the results and findings I came up with; organize and conclude; and, last but not least, state what conclusions I came up with and present them in both written and visual formats,” said one student. “I’ve attended one other high school on a military installation, and I have not been challenged as much as I have been here this year. I’ve learned to look ‘outside the box,’ so to speak. If anyone asked me my opinion, I’d recommend this learning technique for everyone; especially if they plan to go to school after high school.”

Lewis added that the winners, from here, will go on to the Kern County competition in March in Bakersfield, Calif., and the winners there will go on to the California State competition on May 1 in Sacramento, Calif.

“A little background of Desert High’s history in the annual Science Fair competition is that it goes back to before 1998. We usually have about 150 projects at our school, and the top 20 to 25 go on to the county-level competition with about 10 going on to the state-level,” Lewis said. “Desert High usually has at least one student who places at the state-level, but last year was the first year since 1998 that no one from Desert High placed at that level. It gets really really difficult to place at state.”

Updates on how Desert High’s students are doing will be released as they become available.

 

DESERT HIGH SCHOOL 2013 SCIENCE FAIR RESULTS

Behavioral Sciences

1st: Caitlynn Chung/Erica Tyson

1st: Taylor Garcia/ Destiny Vega

1st: Vivian & Jennifer Phan

2nd: Sh’linda Miller/ Samantha Duny

3rd: Abby & Travis Meyer

3rd: BraydenPantana

 

Aerodynamics/Hydrodynamics

1st: Noah Close

2nd: Larson LeDuc

2nd: Daniel Fernandez/ Anthony Quinnert

 

Applied Mechanics

1st: Maria Hanes

2nd: Dane Adams/ Derek Hanes

3rd: Whitley Guere/ Tyler Myers

3rd: Joshua Huck

 

Earth & Environmental

1st: Eddie Bañuelos/ Benjamin Wright

2nd: Ken Ross

3rd: Amanda Bishop

 

Chemistry

1st: Brighton Okerlund/ Jennifer Warner

2nd: Garron Ireton

3rd: James Haraguchi/ Edward Vasquez

 

Mammalian Biology

1st: Catherine Wright

 

Microbiology

1st: Gabby Evey

3rd: Ryan Cochran

3rd: Ron Welch

 

Physics

1st: Miranda Brater

1st: Paula Hanes

2nd: Zach Holt

2nd: Kenton Hoshino

2nd: Jarrett & James Kok

 

Plant Biology

1st: Sabrina Belen/ Brandon Snyder

2nd: Sarah Erickson

3rd: Elizabeth Shelton

 

Zoology

2nd: Hunter Cleveland/ Josh Oakes

2nd: Devin Killian

 




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