Science Fair Medal
The Central Consolidated School 2017 District Science Fair was actually three science fairs held over three days: The Elementary Science Fair was Feb. 7; the Middle School Science Fair was Feb. 9; and the High School Science Fair was Feb. 13. All three science fairs were held at the District’s Phil Thomas Performing Arts Center in Shiprock.
 
“They did amazing. It was incredible to watch the journey these kids have been through from the school fair to this,” said teacher Deb McGee with Kirtland Elementary School. “It’s exciting to see. I’m so proud of them.”
 
Kirtland Elementary, Ojo Amarillo Elementary, Kirtland Middle School, Newcomb Middle School, Tse’ Bit Ai’ Middle School, and Shiprock High School sent a total of 116 students. Sixth graders from Kirtland Elementary and Ojo Amarillo Elementary were included in the Middle School Science Fair due to the regional and state science fair competitions recognizing sixth graders as middle school students.
 
Taking 1st place awards at the CCSD High School Science Fair were Ashinee George and Meah Begay in the biology category; Cameron Charleston and Gabrielle Hall in the energy and transportation category; Kaitlyn Joe and Coralita Joe in the microbiology category; and Rhakel Lewis-Adams and Alvina Litzin in the plant science category.
 
Coralita Joe and Kaitlyn Joe won best of show for their team project “Is our natural resource water safe to drink?”
 
Taking 2nd place awards in the High School Science Fair were Kilee Bylilly and Malik Begaye in the biology category.
 
Taking 1st place awards at the CCSD Elementary School Science Fair were Mel A. and Keira B. Taking 2nd place awards were Melina C. and Hailey J.; and a 3rd place award was awarded to Kaden B.
 
Mel A. took best of show.
 
“How I feel is very great. I want to give thanks to everybody who helped me with this project—my parents, my family, my teachers, everyone who supported me,” Mel said. His applied the laws of physics to driving safely.
 
Taking 1st place awards at the CCSD Middle School Science Fair were Daniese Smith in the astrophysics category; Hana Walter in the behavior and social science category; Ashley Thurber in the biology category; Mya Benally in the chemistry category; Arlyn Chee in the earth / space science category, and Miguel Badbade in the energy and transportation category.
 
“If you ask them questions, they just respond back to you what they have known from their research—which is good. The teachers are doing good as far as teaching them, especially science,” said Garry Jay, a community member and parent who was a judge at the Middle School Science Fair, adding research tools are more available today. “Thirty years ago most of us relied mainly on simple books or a dictionary. Now a student can go just about anywhere to get the research.”
 
Arlyn Chee took best of show for his project on soil pollution.
 
Also earning 1st place awards at the Middle School Science Fair were Devon Norberto in the engineering category; Najhozhoni Ben in the environmental category; Faith Toglena in the mathematical category; and Dalaney Washburn and Heather Wheeler in the medicine and health category.
 
First place awards in the Middle School Science Fair were also earned by John Kamryn in the microbiology category; Carissa Arpelar and Myla Benally in the physics category; and to Hannah Sullivan in the plant science category.
 
Second place awards in the Middle School Science Fair were taken by Lilah Yazzie and Tatum Martine-Reedster in the behavior and social science category; Laila Charley in the biology category; Jacob Harvey in the chemistry category; Logan Pioche in the earth / space science category; and Daisy Atson in the energy and transportation category.
 
Also earning 2nd place awards in the Middle School Science Fair were Madison Charleston in the engineering category; Elena Hardy in the environmental category; Devon Benally in the medicine and health category; Kalilah Deswood in the physics category; and Tristan Whiteley in the plant science category.
 
Third place awards in the Middle School Science Fair were presented to Angelind Hernand and Lakeisha Antonio in the chemistry category; Korbin Nakai in the earth and space science catetory; Selu Miller and Tegan Hayes in the energy and transportation category; and Lia Wilford in the engineering category.
 
Also taking 3rd place awards in the Middle School Science Fair were Dayton Yazzie and Averlee Lander in the medical and health category; Susanna Lambert in the physics category; and Mia Horton in the plant category.