Texas students excel at ExxonMobil fair

Special to The Dallas Examiner | 4/14/2014, 11:38 a.m.

Special to The Dallas Examiner

Nearly 1,100 students from across the state competed last month in the 28th Annual ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair, a competition that brings top science-fair winners from across the state to showcase their innovation to win top prizes. The University of Texas at San Antonio hosted the fair.

Students competed in two divisions – junior (grades six through eight) and senior (grades nine through 12) – in one of 17 categories. In addition to Best-of-Show and Grand Prize winners in each division, awards were given to fifth-place honorees in each category.

“We continue to be impressed with the innovation shown by the aspiring scientists that participate in this competition every year,” said Dr. George Perry, dean of the UTSA College of Sciences.

The fair offered students the chance to earn their way to national and international science fairs. Many of the junior division had the opportunity to compete at a Broadcom MASTERS – Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars – national science fair. Senior division winners would be able to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair to be held in Los Angeles, Calif., in May.

Lindsay Northcutt, a senior at Christ the King High School in Lubbock, earned Best-in-Show in the senior division for her project titled, “The Effect of Nitrogen-Rich Fertilizers on the Growth and Yield of Cotton Plants.” Evelyn McCune of Laura Bush Middle School in Lubbock received top junior honor for her project, “Aero-Morphing.”

Winners from the ExxonMobil science fair’s senior division were awarded a scholarship to attend the Texas Governor’s Science and Technology Champions Academy, a week-long residential summer camp, which will be held this summer at the University of Houston.

“Texas businesses are world-class and rely on an innovative and skilled workforce to help them succeed,” TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar said. “I congratulate all the regional and statewide winners and encourage them to continue excelling in STEM fields of study and exploring creative solutions to current and emerging issues that face our country. I look forward to their future contributions to the Texas economy.”

Also sponsored by TWC, the camp will be held at the University of Houston.