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By Iris Campbell

Science students of Goodnight Junior High and Miller Junior High brought home the honors this week from the Alamo Regional Academy of Science & Engineering Science Fair in San Antonio. Three students qualified to compete in the State-wide Science Fair to be held at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center on April 10-12. They are Sam Parker, Frankie Torres, and Andre Sanborn.

Participating students received $2,000 a year scholarship offers to attend Incarnate Word University, renewable for four years should they choose to attend, for a potential total of $8,000 per student. Locally, each student received a certificate at the campus award ceremonies and will receive a congratulatory letter from the Incarnate Word University in the mail soon. Six Goodnight students and nine Miller students participated.

The San Marcos CISD science scholars were as follows:

Best in Category:
2nd place, Behavioral Sciences – Frankie Torres, Goodnight
1st place, Biochemistry – Andre Sanborn, Goodnight
5th place, Biochemistry – Taylor Ralph, Goodnight
5th place, Environmental – Sarah Gonzales, Miller
4th place, Engineering – Coltan Nading, Miller and Dalton Phillips, Miller
5th place, Engineering – Kinan Hernandez, Miller
5th place, Physics – James Dix, Miller

Grand Prizes:
4th place, Engineering – Sam Parker, Goodnight

Special Awards:
Discovery & SSP – Sam Parker, Goodnight
The I-SWEEEP Scholarship – Hannah Yock, Miller
U.S. Navy – Tommy Young, Goodnight

Honorable Mention:
Medicine & Health – Alyssa Long, Goodnight
Chemistry – Tommy Young, Goodnight

More results from the Alamo Regional Science Fair can be viewed at

“Science has been a focus for us this year,” said SMCISD Director of Curriculum and Instruction Pam Guettner. “We are very proud of the knowledge our students have in science. Our science teachers provide outstanding support for students, and we will continue to develop young scientists in SMCISD. These amazing science fair results are indicative of that hard work.”

The triumphs of the junior high science students follows the success of Hernandez Intermediate School students who brought back all 1st and 2nd place ribbons from their participation in the Austin Science Fair earlier this month.

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