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McKibben’s High Achiever Program Participates in Science Fair

McKibben Elementary held their science fair Wednesday, March 21, in their school’s multipurpose room to display and award their top projects from their High Achiever Education Program.


The High Achiever Education Program is a group of students from fourth to sixth grade that were selected to participate in this program based off of their exceptional scholastic achievement, test scores, and teacher recommendations. 


In this program students are expected to complete challenging projects that are above and beyond their regular instructional curriculum. Students meet after school and participate in a variety of STEAM topics. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. 


Each project in the science fair included an experiment, research paper, and presentation. Some of the 1st place projects included, “Does the height of a rollercoaster effect the speed of the car?”, “Does temperature effect the bounce of a tennis ball?”, and “Which liquid will rust a nail the fastest?”.


This program is advised by Carolyn Howard and Mary Szak.




Fourth Grade:

1st: April Gomez

2nd: Amanda Trinidad

3rd: Josiah Llamas

4th: Cyril Mella


Fifth Grade:

1st: Jocelyn Solis

2nd: Natalya Ordeno-Chavez

3rd: Manuel Villagomez

4th: Kaitlyn Guilliatt


Sixth Grade:

1st: Amaris Vera

2nd: Daniel Arias

3rd: Nick Perez

4th: Yarely Rios