Okeechobee students compete in Science Fair

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County School District held its Science Fair on Jan. 14. Almost three hundred students from Okeechobee High School, Okeechobee Freshman Campus, Osceola Middle School, and Yearling Middle School participated in the fair. The results are as follows:

In the Categories of Animal Sciences; Behavior and Social Sciences; Biomedical and Health Sciences; Cellular/Molecular Biology and Biochemistry; and Microbiology : Alexander Cook, Bracen Harvey, Zachary Kielbasa, Jacob McGehee, John McGehee, Devin Westbrook, Isabella Amador, Victoria Becerra, Gage Floyd, Jade Ford, Donielle Harper, Lillian Henry, Savannah Medina, Kelsi O’Cain, Lionor Pena, Tyler Tucker, Kaitlyn Land, Sarah McNitt, Sarah Roehm, Simiya Washington, Hope Wisner, Tyeika Byrd, Chris Cobb, Kendall Harrison, Emily Land, Aleesa Luong, Tyler Murphy, Nevaeh Pena, Brandon Perez, Cole Younger, Dela Akahoho, Larry Boswell, Savannah Hendrix, Julissa Hernandez, Shaun Hood, Bradly Kirk, Zachary Wharin, Maliah Wright, Alondra Cespedes, Jaydon Egger, Bryan Leal, Priscila Morales-Ruiz, Monica Ordonez, Cade Pierce, Brenden Quinlin, Kylee Smith, Brooke Wolf, Nicholas Montero, Brook O’Hagan, Brienna Brockman, Dayton Buxton, Ryan Gabor, Rocio Garcia-Montoya, Brandon Mitchell, Indira Ramos, Simone Washington, Roxy Wyatt, Merydian Causier, Savannah Goggans, Daniel Groso, Cady McGehee, Tyra Smith, Gauge Chandler, Ashunti Daughtry, Rhiannon Vandiver, and Zachary Reister. 3rd Place: Alexander Cook, Devin Westbrook, Gage Floyd, Jade Ford, Donielle Harper, Savannah Medina, Lionor Pena, Tyler Tucker, Brandon Perez, Cole Younger, Shaun Hood, Alondra Cespedes, Monica Ordonez, Kylee Smith, Brienna Brockman, Merydian Causier, Daniel Groso, Tyra Smith, and Gauge Chandler. 2nd Place :     Bracen Harvey, Isabella Amador, Victoria Becerra, Kelsi O’Cain, Sarah Roehm, Hope Wisner, Kendall Harrison, Emily Land, Zachary Wharin, Brooke Wolf, Brook O’Hagan, and Savanna Goggans. 1st Place : Zachary Kielbasa, Jacob McGehee, John McGehee, Lillian Henry, Chris Cobb, Nevaeh Pena, Dela Akahoho, Jaydon Egger, Nicholas Montero, Dayton Buxton, Cady McGehee, Zachary Reister, and Rhiannon Vandiver.

In the Category of Chemistry: Ryan Albers, Brenden Bostwick, Kennedee Brewer, JaJuan Cherry, Megan Clay, Sonia Delgado, Saul Estrada, Carlos Garcia, Thomas Garcia, Anayeli Montoya, Harry O’Hagan, Allen Pereira, Princess Salva, Agustin Atunez, Daisy Baltazar, Natalie Banuelos, Saint Barbosa, Brighton Bauman, Jake Bessey, Jordin Bradley, Caleb Bullington, David Cantalini, Elizabeth Casas, Xandy Cea, Aracely Cisneros, Justin Comfort, Haley Conrad, Kayleigh Crum, Harley Davis, Junae Davis, Gisselle Delgado, Vance Denton, Jose Elias, Seena Fawzy, Cameron Gampel, Mattie Garcia, Alie Garcia-Rodriguez, Taylor Green, Kara Hawk, Hannah Hickox, Briana Hight, Meghann Hotmire, Shealiann Hummel, Tara Hunt, Cassidy Johnson, Jillian Johnston, Makalyn Jones, Hailey Korpi, Daisy Lujano, Hailey Macrae, Kimberlee Marquis, Elia Martinez, Travis McKenna, Dallas Miller, Madison Mitchum, Matthew Nguyen, Riley Owens, Lila Pendarvis, Xavier Peterson, Maricela Reyez, Cathryn Rowley, Lizbeth Salinas, Cheyenne Sheffield, Austin Shepherd, Lauren Sills, Justin Smith, Ashley Snyder, Molly Spearow, Josef Steiert, Jason Sutherland, Raquel Todd, Katie Torres, Claudia Vega, Artemio Virto, Nathaniel Watson, and Demiya White. 3rd Place: Marijane Bolling, Brenden Bostwick, Megan Clay, Jake Bessey, David Cantalini, Justin Comfort, Meghann Hotmire, Shealiann Hummel, Lizbeth Salinas, and Austin Shepherd. 2nd Place : Ryan Albers, Harry O’Hagan, Princess Salva, Daisy Baltazar, Caleb Bullington, Aracely Cisneros, Gisselle Delgado, Mattie Garcia, Kara Hawk, Elia Martinez,Travis McKenna, Riley Owens, Maricela Reyez, Jason Sutherland, Artemio Virto, Nathaniel Watson, and Demiya White. 1st Place: Kennedee Brewer, JaJuan Cherry, Sonia Delgado, Anayeli Montoya, Haley Conrad, Jillian Johnston, Dallas Miller, and Lauren Sills.

In the Category of Consumer Sciences; Earth and Environmental Sciences; Engineering; Environmental Engineering; Intelligent Machines, Robotics and Systems Software; and Mathematics and Computational Sciences: Justin Drawdy, Artha Jonassaint, Rachel Williams, Wyatt Blackstone, Destiny Comer, Gabriella Flores-Perez, Seth Hendrix, Peyton Jarriel, Kasey Maguire, Maria Perez, Fantasy Queen, Julian Ramirez, Sara Raulerson, Joshua Rivera, Taylor Smith, Scott Yates, Lino Zarate, Lynnette Casiano, Julia Dupree, Saif Memon, Diana Ordonez, Mariah Spelts, Ashley Bowers, Madison Lamb, Damielle Marilao, Patrick Lehman, Garrett Causey, Johnathan Fox, Nayeli Guzman, Ian Hernandez-Alfaro, Katelyn Shaw, Dylan Ferneau, Anthony Metcalf, Aubrie Reister, Saul Antunez, Kyle Barrett, Evan Galvan, Piper Hans, Devin Harden, Kase Myers, Stephanie Ortega, Adolfo Ponce De Leon, Chloe Soriano, Jaen Torres, Sebastian Puga, Hailey Spearow, Ethan Adamo, Delaney Jones, and Dallan McGowen. 3rd Place: Destiny Comer, Julia Dupree, Diana Ordonez, Mariah Spelts, Garrett Causey, Saul Antunez, Piper Hans, Stephanie Ortega, and JaenTorres. 2nd Place : Rachel Williams, Peyton Jarriel, Patrick Lehman, Ian Hernandez-Alfaro, Anthony Metcalf, Evan Galvan, Adolfo Ponce De Leon, and Chloe Soriano. 1st Place : Justin Drawdy, Artha Jonassaint, Seth Hendrix, Ashley Bowers, Johnathan Fox, Nayeli Guzman, Katelyn Shaw, Aubrie Reister, Kyle Barrett, Devin Harden, Kase Myers, Sebastian Puga, Hailey Spearow, and Dallan McGowen.

In the Category of Physics: Nick Amiet, Christopher Armstrong, Emily Beaty, Rhianna Bleakly, Aracely Blesy, Alondra Calzada, Karlyn Daniel, Ayan Desai, Anthony Hodge, Gage Ingram, Rebecca McNitt, Shahmir Memon, Rossa Morales-Ruiz, Michael Muros, William Murrish, Abigail Myers, Deven Tedders, Christina Vega, Solomon Albright, Kameron Allen, Logan Clay, Calvin Davis, Faith Davis, Case Durrance, Jonathan Dutcher, Moises Fernandez, Marissa Forde, Alejandro Gonzalez, Itzel Guereca, Nicholas Hayford, Ricardo Hernandez, Leighanne Herrin, Jillia Kennedy, Jay Krall, Lindsey Majors, Bailey Manning, Marisol Martinez, Noe Ponce, Yesica Olvera-Zepeda, Tippen Padgett, Kirsten Pagaduan, Edwin Reyes, Nathaly Rodriguez Bonilla, Noelia Ruiz, Laura Sanchez, Matthew Schachtele, Daniel Vega, and Antonio Vega-Hernandez. 3rd Place: Karlyn Daniel, Abigail Myers, Ricardo Hernandez, Bailey Manning, Matthew Schachtele, and Daniel Vega. 2nd Place: Rhianna Bleakly, William Murrish, Case Durrance, and Kirsten Pagaduan. 1st Place: Nick Amiet, Ayan Desai, Michael Muros, and Solomon Albright.

In the Category of Plant Sciences: Yesenia Castillo, Nolyn Claypool, Estela Gomez, Shelby Kirton, Eli McMullen, Chandler Pearce, Allec Pereira, Faith Pritchett, Bradley Shaw, Colton Taylor, Makayla Wolf, Lexy Arnold, Katie Brydebell, Derrick Chen, Pyke Dawson, Cody Deloney, Cera Elliott, Matthew Hodges, Jaqueline Mandujano-Pena, Crystal Marshall, Carlos Mora, Jonas Morgan, Kayla Morgan, Trysten Murphy, Yolanda Pelayo, Kyleigh Pinon, Andrea Ramirez, Salas Garcia, Maria Sanchez-Virto, Julianna Sheldon, Ariana Silvas, Julian Tinajero, Sheyla Villatoro, and Zara Vozzella. 3rd Place: Faith Pritchett, Jaqueline Mandujano-Pena, Kyleigh Pinon, Ariana Silvas, and Sheyla Villatoro. 2nd Place: Nolyn Claypool, Shelby Kirton, Lexy Arnold, Katie Brydebell, and Cera Elliott. 1st Place: Eli McMullen, Chandler Pearce, Makayla Wolf, Jonas Morgan, and Maria Sanchez-Virto.

2016 – County Science Fair Special Awards: Two $25.00 awards, sponsored by an anonymous donor, was awarded to one junior and one senior division student who showed tremendous effort in “doing science” while under less than ideal circumstances. The Senior Division award went Diana Ordonez and the Junior Division award went to Yesica Olvera-Zepeda.

Heartland Regional Science and Engineering Fair Representatives: In February, our county will send the top 50 projects to represent Okeechobee at the Heartland Regional Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held at South Florida State College in Avon Park. Senior Division Representatives are: Zachary Kielbasa, Jacob McGehee, John McGehee, Dela Akahoho, Nicholas Montero, Cady McGehee, Savannah Goggans, Kennedee Brewer, JaJuan Cherry, Sonia Delgado, Anayeli Montoya, Justin Drawdy, Artha Jonassaint, Johnathan Fox, Aubrie Reister, Sebastian Puga, Hailey Spearow, Nick Amiet, Ayan Desai, Michael Muros, William Murrish, Eli McMullen, Chandler Pearce, and Makayla Wolf. The Junior Division Representatives are: Isabella Amador, Lillian Henry, Chris Cobb, Emily Land, Navaeh Pena, Jaydon Egger, Dayton Buxton, Zachary Reister, Rhiannon Vandiver, Haley Conrad, Jillian Johnston, Dallas Miller, Lauren Sills, Seth Hendrix, Ashley Bowers, Nayeli Guzman, Katelyn Shaw, Kyle Barrett, Devin Harden, Kase Myers, Dallan McGowen, Solomon Albright, Lexy Arnold, Katie Brydebell, Jonas Morgan, and Maria Sanchez-Virto.

Best in Show Awards: The judges choose the following awards from the 50 student projects selected to attend the regional fair. In the Junior Division, the BEST in SHOW for BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES went to Zachary Reister, and the Junior Division BEST in SHOW for PHYSICAL SCIENCES went to Lauren Sills. In the Senior Division, the BEST in SHOW for BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES went to Cady McGehee, and the Senior Division BEST in SHOW for PHYSICAL SCIENCES went to Johnathan Fox.

A Special Thank you! There were many people who helped make the science fair possible. The Okeechobee Science Teachers would like to thank Osceola Middle School for hosting the fair, and the many community members who helped judge the projects. In addition, we would like to thank Pizza Heaven, Golden Corral, Domino’s, and Kentucky Fried Chicken for their food donations for our judges. We would also like to thank all of the school administrators and parents that made the Okeechobee Science Fair possible.

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