The following Speech was delivered by Upper School Science Teacher Maureen Smith.

“It’s that time of year…Science fair.  There is so much that goes into preparing for Science fair and Science night.  I think we should all take a moment to thank Mrs. Shrikantia for the hard work and effort she has put into planning both events.  She doesn’t do it alone we are grateful to the Upper & Middle School students – organized by Praneeta – who will volunteer tonight, to the teachers who helped mentor, to the judges for their contribution of time and insight, and to all the parents who encouraged and supported these scientific endeavors.  A lot goes into this event, and I am very grateful.

Of course, all of this effort is to highlight to work that you do. Most of you are participating or have participated in science fair. I encourage you all to take a moment to reflect on your science fair experience.  Whether you loved it or it was more of a chore, what did you gain?  What traits did you develop?  What did you learn?   In a moment I am going to recognize a few projects, but these reflections are valuable prize everyone who participates get to have. So thank you participants.  We all, parents, teachers, even schoolmates, take great pride in your effort.  It isn’t the prizes you win that impress us the most.  We value your curiosity, your resilience, and your persistence.

The science fair will be open tonight at science night and tomorrow.  I encourage you to walk around and see the work that your classmates have done.  There is a lot of good stuff in there.  In addition to the Middle School projects we have asked our Upper School CASEF participants to display their work-in- various-stages-of- progress.  Please, whether it is a young student new to science fair or a senior showing an incomplete project, remember that these students are sharing their process with us and we should be respectful and encouraging.  After all, we are all nerds here, and it is great to be in a community that embraces and celebrates the nerdy parts of all of us.

And speaking of celebrating… I do have a few projects that we would like to recognize today.  The projects were judged in two divisions, one for 6th grade and one for 7th and 8th grade.  I would like to announce the 6th grade prizes now.

In the 6th grade division Honorable Mentions go to:

Jackson  Rife
Sophie Lofland


The 6th grade award winners are:

Ryma Saha
Willow Dinh
Liliana Hathaway
Samuel Latta

Students in grades 7 and 8 are eligible to enter their projects in the Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair.  All honorable mentions and award winners have been submitted for entry into this year’s CASEF science fair at HACC.  The CASEF event organizers make the final determination as to which projects will be entered into the contest.

In the 7th & 8th grade division honorable mentions go to:

Anthony Matzoni                                  Leilani Lightner
Samantha Duncan                                Hayes Branoff
Macy Kiker                                            Gavin Huang
Ella Idrovo


The 7th & 8th grade award winning projects belong to:

Michael Chotiner
Kira Greiner
Katie Mumford
Nick Idrovo
Drue Meals
 Aidan Callahan


This year’s grand champion is:

Annabel Hathaway”