30 Kenilworth students advance to regionals in school's first ever virtual science fair

Jan 4, 2021

More than a hundred Kenilworth Science and Technology students competed in December in the school's first virtual science fair. This year's science fair included 20 qualified judges from five different states across the country, including California, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana. Students were able to compete in three different categories; Life and Earth Sciences, Physics and Mathematic/Engineering Behavior. 

Students presented science fair projects live via virtual platforms, while judges had the pleasure of viewing presentations ranging from "Do Males or Females Have a Faster Reaction Time?" to "Does a Basketball Bounce Higher, Heated or Frozen?" from coast to coast.  

In all, 30 Kenilworth students qualified to compete in the Louisiana Junior Division Region VII Science and Engineering Fair, to be held February, 11th and 12th at Louisiana State University.  

Amongst these includes three overall Grand Prize Winners. In first place Xavier Culwel, an eighth grade student at Kenilworth" for his project "How Does Static Electricity Affect Objects?" Second and third place were awarded to seventh grade students, Jaliah Simpson (2nd) and team Janell Harris and Hannah Brown (3rd) for their science fair projects "School Lunch Waste - What They Think vs. What They Do," and "Disappearing Substances."  

"I am thoroughly impressed by our students who showed such dedication and resilience," says school principal Hazel Regis. "Despite obvious barriers and challenges the pandemic has caused, our students have shown they are committed to continuing our tradition of excellence at this year's regional science fair." 

For four of the last six years students of Kenilworth Science and Technology School have taken home first place awards in at least one category. 

Kenilworth is an open enrollment STEM school with no minimum academic requirements. Despite being composed of more than 90 percent economically disadvantaged students they have maintained a record of academic success when compared to their peers.

For more information reach out to Lauren Allen at lfischer@kenilworthst.org
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