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Posted by: thepinetree on 03/11/2020 02:47 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 03/12/2020 11:29 AM
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35th Annual Calaveras County Science Fair Exhibits Wow (Updated)

San Andreas, CA...Saturday, March 7, 2020 marked the 35th Annual Calaveras County Science Fair with students participating from across the county. The annual event is held at the Calaveras River Academy/Mountain Oaks gymnasium in San Andreas and is made possible in part by a grant from the Teichert Foundation.

Reese Roeder, a 6th grader from Christian Family Learning Center, won the Grand Prize. Reese’s project, “Can Salt Save” earned her a certificate, a traveling trophy that will be on display at her school, and a place at the 2020 California State Science & Engineering Fair.

“The judges were very impressed with Reese’s project year. Last year Reese won a ‘Shinning Star Award’ because the judges saw such great potential there, this year she won!” said Calaveras County Office of Education Coordinator of Communication and Student Events Debbie Strand.

Judges this selected four projects that qualified to go onto the California Science and Engineering Fair in April. “We are so proud of the students’ entries this year,” said Calaveras County Superintendent of Schools Scott Nanik. “The judges really pour their heart and soul into this process to ensure each student gets properly recognized for their incredible scientific work,” said Nanik.

A public viewing of the projects just before judging allowed the families and community members a chance to explore the displays that filled the gym.

Competitive projects were judged in four categories: Life Science, Behavioral and Cognitive Science, Physical Science and Engineering, and Math and Computer Science. All students received ribbons based on the quality of their project and the state-based judging rubric. The top scorers in each category received a ‘Best in Show’ plaque.

Top projects in each category were:

-Life Science: “Can Salt Save” by Reese Roeder, 6th grade, Christian Family Learning Center

-Behavioral Science: “What Genre of Music Calms Anxiety the Best” by Lillian Fawyer, 8th grade, Mountain Oaks School

-Physical Science and Engineering: “The Great Beyond” by Mazie Self and Hayden Shatswell, 5th graders, Hazel Fischer Elementary

The public votes determined the winner of the Demonstration projects this year. Ryan Jacklich, 6th grader of San Andreas Elementary, won “Best in Demonstration” for his project “4 Cylinder Engine.”

Although the Calaveras County Science Fair accepts projects from students in grades 4-12, only students in grades 6-12 are eligible to compete in the state fair in April. Four students were selected to compete in the state fair this year:

- Reese Roeder, Christian Family Learning Center, 6th grade, “Can Salt Save”

-Cheyanne Gonzales, Mountain Oaks, 8th Grade, “Drinking Too Much Water?”

-Jacob Lindahl, Mountain Oaks, 8th Grade, “Which Toilet Paper is Best for Septic Systems?”

-Joshua Rhinehart, Mountain Oaks, 6th Grade, “Kelvin Thunderstorm”

Winners of the 2020 Calaveras County Science Fair are listed at


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Re: Kudos
Posted on: 2020-03-11 15:28:55   By: Anonymous
That is so cool to have these activities for the kids here. It helps for them not only getting educated and recognized but helps them build character and to be their own person in transitioning into young adulthood. I commend all of them and wish them well in all their endeavors. I also say to them: work hard, keep your nose to the grindstone, and stay with the winners! Thank you educators, Steven R Smith

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Posted on: 2020-03-11 16:47:54   By: Anonymous
Nice to see some positive news, a warning to all of you good students, stay away from the adult world, you will be better off!

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    Re: /\/\ stay away from the adult world...
    Posted on: 2020-03-11 21:19:27   By: Anonymous
    To the students: You can find some really great adults as positive role models. I hear that the local mentor program is great and those folks can steer you on the right track and teach you how to avoid negative influences. Stick with the winners and just say No to smoking and all the different illicit drugs out there. Drugs are no good for you-all drugs (except if you have to take prescribed medication) and you end up going down the "wrong road" in life! So as I said before-stay with the winners-folks who are succeeding in their lives. There are a lot of them out there! Thank you, Steven R Smith

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Nice post after all
Posted on: 2020-04-22 03:25:51   By: Anonymous
Hi! A very cool article, it`s good news and as a future student I was very interested to read about it, more information you can also find thanks to this platform if you certainly want to know more like me.

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