Top Winners at Valero and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Regional Science Fair Proceed to Win Recognition at International Fair

June 12, 2014

ISEF science fair

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – JoLynn Riojas and Roger Garcia, high school students with Taft Independent School District, were selected to receive a Special Recognition Certificate for Outstanding Science and Engineering Students in the Americas at the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held May 10-15 in Los Angeles, Calif. The team was honored for their project titled "Fracking Contamination."

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s College of Education nominated Riojas and Garcia to proceed to the ISEF Fair to compete after the students took home first place and Best in Show at the Valero & Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Regional Science Fair held February 21-22.

The ISEF certificate was presented to Riojas and Garcia by the Organization of American States at a special recognition ceremony. The pair was among only 50 out of 1,500 total students attending from North, Central, and South America to receive the special honor. During ISEF, Riojas and Garcia also had the opportunity to share their project with the public. As finalists, they were able to explain their project to professors, teachers, parents and other students. One of their favorite experiences was talking to a group of local elementary and middle school students.

“We greatly appreciate all of the support and guidance in making all of these wonderful experiences available for us,” said Riojas and Garcia. “The feeling we got from teaching the kids something new in the world of science was unimaginable.”

In addition to presenting their project to experts and award judges, Riojas and Garcia also had the opportunity to meet many students from around the world. After judging, Riojas and Garcia, along with other finalists were treated to an all-access pass to Universal Studios.

To view pictures of the science fair, click here.