CCISD Intermediate Student Takes Second Place at State Science Fair

CCISD Intermediate Student Takes Second Place at State Science Fair
Posted on 04/28/2021
State Science Fair ParticipantsA Clear Creek ISD eighth grade student won big at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair earlier this month.

Melina Kumar from Brookside Intermediate earned second place in the biochemistry junior division for her project, “Reducing the Risk of Diabetes: A Novel Approach for the Development of a Sensitive Glucagon ELISA.”

“Melina is one of the most talented and intelligent students I have had the honor to work with in my career,” said Brookside Science Magnet Liaison Joey Segura. “In the three years that I have known her, she has continually astounded me with her knowledge, drive and dedication to learning. Melina has a bright future ahead of her and I am excited to hear about her many accomplishments to come in high school and beyond.”Melina Celebration

Hosted by Texas A&M University, the state fair was held virtually this year for 6th-12th grade students and included more than 20 categories spanning across engineering, biological sciences and physical sciences.

“This fair provides a setting where outstanding students can showcase their research in STEM disciplines,” said CCISD Secondary Science Coordinator Lisa Wooley. “Students have been working since August to research, conduct and refine projects. They competed with more than 1,200 students from 13 regions from across the state to get to this point.”

A total of five CCISD students were sent to the state competition after advancing from the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston. The other competitors included Ploypailin Cheawchan from Seabrook Intermediate, Brindy Grimm from Clear Falls High School, Pratishtha Sharma from Clear Horizons Early College High School and Varun Balaji from Clear Lake High School.

“To have these students participating at this level is an example of the hard work that is being done by students and teachers in our district,” said Wooley. “Also, to have competed at this level in an untried virtual environment and to have been successful is an amazing accomplishment.”

Lauren Cooper, a science teacher at Clear Falls High School, was also named as the 2021 Senior Division Science and Engineering Fair of Houston Teacher of the Year in March for her support of student achievement in STEM and dedication to the profession.

“The success of our science fair participants is my ultimate award,” said Cooper. “Every science fair sponsor works very hard, so it is nice to be recognized and I am very honored to be a SEFH Teacher of the Year.”

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