Winning students, from left to right in the image:
Wittwer, Lexi – Richins, Sydney – Carls, Madeline (Mazzy)

Ocotillo Ridge Elementary School is grateful for a supportive community. The school welcomed nearly twenty judges from the Vail community on Wednesday, the 8th of February to judge the annual science fair. Many were repeat judges who found the event inspiring. Fifth graders each conduct an experiment and display their projects throughout the week of parent-teacher conferences.

Nicole Coggshall, the 5th-grade teacher in charge of the event, is in black, in between some contemplating judges.

Out of 120 total projects, the top ten projects advance on to Vail Pride Day and then on to Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation for more competition. This winners included Sydney Richins with her project on plant growth, Mazzy Carls with her project regarding the effects of artificial sugars on plant growth, and Lexi Wittwer with her project on the most effective ways to power the vanes of a radiometer. The judges enjoyed a wide range of topics from feeding horses to sneaking veggies into cupcakes. Ocotillo Ridge is filled with future scientists!

Ocotillo Ridge Elementary School, staff and students, would like to send a special thank you to all who participated in the science fair: The students who spent countless hours preparing and conducting their experiments, parents who provided hours of support, as well as the community who rallied as judges. A special thank you goes to Nicole Coggshall, the 5th-grade teacher in charge of the fair; for her time and effort in organizing this special event.


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