Two local middle school students placed first in a recent state science fair, with one being named Best in Show.
Darcy Bonds and Evelyn McCune of Laura Bush Middle School, in the Lubbock-Cooper School District, presented their outstanding science projects at the 2014 Exxon Mobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair at the University of Texas at San Antonio on Thursday, Mar. 20.
The girls are part of a larger team at Laura Bush Middle School.
Each student on the Science Fair team is chosen from projects that won a blue ribbon at the school fair.
Kids who place 1st through 3rd in their grade division at the Texas Tech Regionals make up the team that goes to the State Science Fair in San Antonio.
Both Bonds and McCune also qualified for the Broadcom Masters Science Competition, which is a national science, technology, engineering and math competition for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.
Participants can only be nominated by judges at their regional or state science fairs.
Over 1,600 nominations of 6th through 8th grade students are entered online during May and June. Then, 300 semifinalists are awarded followed by 30 finalists being chosen.
The finalists will receive $500 for themselves, $1,000 for their school, and a paid trip to Washington D.C. where they will participate in a Finals competition in October.
The top award includes $25,000.
Bonds, 7th grade, received a second nomination to the Broadcom Masters Competition as well as 1st place in the Environmental Sciences Category for her model of the Ogallala aquifer to 2050 and research of the effects of reduced irrigation on local economics.
McCune, 8th grade, received a second nomination to the Broadcom Masters Competition, first place Grand Champion of all Physical Science Categories, and Best in Show.
She designed and tested airplane wings that morph in flight. The wings were patterned after the morphing of barn swallow wings.
McCune has been developing and continuing this project over the past 3 years.
Best in Show means that McCune's project was the best junior high project in the state of Texas regardless of subject, division, or grade.
A complete list of Laura Bush Middle School's 10 students who qualified for the State Science Fair are as follows:
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