More than 400 exhibits at science fair

Northside Baptist students, from left, James Adams, 11, Justin Hagan, 11, and Joseph Mudd, 11, look at one of the projects during the VISD Science and Engineering Fair on Friday at the old Memorial gymnasium. The fair had projects from students from about 15 schools, elementary through high school.
  • LIST OF SCIENCE FAIR WINNERSHIGH SCHOOL

    HIGH SCHOOL

    Animal Science

    1: Emily Bennett

    2: Luke Blundell

    3: Jory Stevens

    Behavioral and Social Science

    1: Katie Johnson

    2: Shelby Schaefer

    3: Leticia Vasquez

    4: Jessica Almaguer

    ...

  • SHOW ALL »
  • LIST OF SCIENCE FAIR WINNERSHIGH SCHOOL

    HIGH SCHOOL

    Animal Science

    1: Emily Bennett

    2: Luke Blundell

    3: Jory Stevens

    Behavioral and Social Science

    1: Katie Johnson

    2: Shelby Schaefer

    3: Leticia Vasquez

    4: Jessica Almaguer

    Honorable Mention:

    Briana Reyes,

    Carolyn Norris

    Biochemistry

    1: Michael Valdez

    2: Jarett Johnson

    3: Deborah Lin

    Chemistry

    1: Joshua Morgan

    2: Skylar Laqua

    2: Nathan Owens

    3: Trevor Austin

    3: Morgan Park

    4: Cynthia Resendez, Brittany Wallace

    Honorable Mention:

    Jordan Montgomery

    Computer Science

    1: Patrick Aupperle

    2: Benjamin Sham

    3: Shahed Nielsen

    Earth and Planetary Science

    1: Leticia Nambo

    2: Brittany Bradshaw

    3: Gabrielle Aguillon

    Energy and Transportation

    1: Johnathan Dietzel

    2: David Bengtson

    3: Faith Perez

    Engineering: Electricity & Mechanical

    1: Ashley Chang

    2: Jacob Correll

    3: Monica Smith

    4: David Barnard

    Engineering: Materials & Bioengineering

    1: Tori Lev

    2: Zachry Mueller

    3: Katherine Riley

    Enrivonmental Management

    1: Nishita Soneji

    2: Kendra Hanslik

    3: Kyle Barringer

    Environmental Science

    1: Sung Florence

    2: Kinsey Stratmann

    3: Charlsa Matson

    4: Emily Sestak

    Honorable Mention:

    Chelsie Herman, Katie Aupperle

    Mathematics

    Honorable Mention: Andrea Winn

    Medicine and Health Science

    1: Heidi Shay

    2: Cole Fimbrel

    3: Trey Hempel

    Microbiology

    1: Breanna Takacs

    2: Ashley Geistman

    2: Alexandria Perez

    3: Cole Wozniak

    Physics and Astronomy

    1: Albert Chen

    2: Allison Williams

    3: Laney Hempel

    Plant Science

    1: Johnathon Turner

    2: Chase Bennett

    3: Chris Chambless

    4: LeAnne Corpus

    MIDDLE SCHOOL

    Animal Science

    1: Erica Barnett

    2: Connor Correll

    3: Hannah Sheehan

    Behavioral and Social Science

    1: Charles Traugott

    2: Dohnovan Robello

    Honorable Mention: Natalie Clark

    Biochemistry

    1: Tyroneshia Lemon

    2: Kylie Leach

    Chemistry

    1: Jared Oldfather

    2: Allison Hamon

    3: Taylor Loesch

    Honorable Mention: Bobby Morris,

    Gregory DeLosSantos,

    Avery Fajkus

    Middle School Earth Science

    1: Brayden Murphy

    2: Kristi Hempel

    Energy and Transportation

    1: Hannah Balentine

    2: Austin Smolik

    3: Shelby Hardt

    Honorable Mention:

    Catherine Irrobali

    Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical

    1: Jon Sparkman

    2: Taylor McChesney

    3: Collin Janecka

    Engineering: Materials & Bioengineering

    1: James Johnson

    2: Shelby Swoboda

    3: Chase Spicak

    Environmental Management

    1: Tyler Baker

    2: Jasmine Yang

    3: Ryan Norgard

    Honorable Mention: Raylee Johnston

    Environmental Science

    1: Zachary Leigh

    2: Michalla Marshall

    Mathematics

    1: Jake Smitherman

    2: Kent Korenek

    Honorable Mention: Alyssa Saldana

    Medicine and Health Science

    1: Kendyl Charbula

    2: Lydia Bast

    3: Samantha Townsend

    Microbiology

    1: Rachel Wood

    1: Anne Wozniak

    2: Reid Goodwine

    3: Ross Braune

    Honorable Mention: Kaylie Funk

    Physics and Astronomy

    1: Hunter Dollery

    2: Abigail Wood

    3: Lacey Owen

    Plant Science

    1: Mariah Marshall

    2: Tessa Russell

    3: Noah Rigdon

    Honorable Mention: Gavin Espinoza

    ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    Kindergarten

    Individual

    1: Josh Henry

    2: Samuel Whitaker

    Team

    1: Broderyck Caderon, Emma Darst, Kayden Gonzalez, Dhanyelle Hahn, Hudson Matthews, Malla-ki Melchor, Diana Rodriguez, Colby Schramek, Kaylee Steele and Trevor Yancey

    FIRST GRADE

    Collection

    1: Callie Voss

    3: Reed Kallus

    3: Marissa Clark

    Experimental

    1: Issac Lu

    1: Seth Davis

    2: Van Valdez

    3: Gavin Dunlap

    Honorable Mention: Emily Quinn

    SECOND GRADE

    Collection

    1: Trey Olsen

    Experimental

    1: Nicholas Blundell

    2: Orlando DiLeo

    3: De'Everett Ross

    Model

    :1 Xavier Moore

    THIRD GRADE

    Model

    1: Emily Hardcastle, Delaney Peterson

    2: Maile Sciba

    3: Michala Willborn

    Honorable Mention: Grace Olson,

    Branton Winkenwerder, Amy Davis

    FOURTH GRADE

    1: Natalie Hawes

    1: Garrett Gregory

    2: Breann Kloesel

    3: Mason Johnson

    4: Amber Ramono

    Honorable Mention: Marco DiLeo

    FIFTH GRADE

    1: Grant Baker

    2: Michela Short

    2: Peyton Usoff

    3: Kyle Korezynski

    4: Landon Simpson

    Honorable Mention: Michaela Driver & Alyssa Driver,

    Taylor Mozisek, Hayden Ocker, Coltin Williams, Meredith Winkenwerder

    Corrected April 5, 2011.

In the corner of a gym full of doodads and experiments, Jennifer Short and her daughter Michela Short beamed over fungus.

"Science is a passion for me," Michela said, standing near an experiment. Her project, the Fungus Among Us, used petri dishes loaded with decomposing particles to grow fungus. It won a first place ribbon at DeLeon Elementary and brought her second in the district for fifth grade. Her's was one of 475 projects on display Friday.

The VISD Science and Engineering Fair projects came from every school in the district and included Northside Baptist School and Bloomington schools. The Victoria school district requires all pre-advanced placement and advanced placement students to do a piece.

"It gives them a chance to be creative and to do something that they might not otherwise think about or do," said Eveylyn Sheeran, an East High School science teacher who coordinated the fair. The projects ranged from hamster mazes to a trash compactor to a homemade telescope.

Megan Depine, a 12-year-old Bloomington Middle School student, used lemons to create energy in two days.

"It's more sour, so it has more power," she said. She and her partner, Shailyn Hugg, inserted a penny and a nail into a lemon and took a voltage reading.

Michela's project showed how air quality differs in different environments.

"I think it was kind of gross," she said. "There was a huge fungus colony growing in all three of them."