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Innovative Texas Middle and High Schoolers Showcased at 2019 Texas Science and Engineering Fair

Date: April 4, 2019

Media Contact: Lisa Givens
Phone: 512-463-8556


COLLEGE STATION - 1,400 of the brightest students in Texas vied for prizes last weekend at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair, a competition that brings together top science and engineering fair winners from across the state. The event was hosted by Texas A&M University at the Ford Hall of Champions and the All-American Club in Kyle Field. The occasion began with a Night at the ZACH! on Friday and culminated with an awards presentation on Saturday, March 30, at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium. The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has co-sponsored the competition for 18 consecutive years with ExxonMobil.

In the senior division, Ashna and Ashay Shah from Plano East Senior High School in Plano received the grand prize for physical sciences and Jack Delli-Santi from Lake Travis High School in Austin received the grand prize for life sciences. While in the junior division, Otto Beall from Otto Middle School in Plano received the grand prize in physical sciences and Ganesh Venu from Friendswood Junior High School in Friendswood received the grand prize for life sciences.

“The 2019 Texas Science and Engineering Fair once again showcased the wonderful creativity and invention of our students,” said TWC Chair Ruth R. Hughs. “The critical STEM skills the participants are developing will help build the future of Texas’ economic development. I applaud the innovation, dedication and hard work displayed by all of the participants and congratulate the division winners who will participate in the annual Governor’s Science and Technology Champions Academy this summer at Southern Methodist University.”

Students competed in two divisions—junior (grades six through eight) and senior (grades nine through twelve)—in one of 22 categories. Nine seniors were awarded Best of Fair honors and will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair this May in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to the Grand Prize and Best of Fair winners, awards were presented to first- through third-place honorees in each category.

First and second place winners from the fair’s senior division were awarded a scholarship to attend the Texas Governor’s Science and Technology Champions Academy, a week-long residential summer camp, also sponsored by TWC, which will be held this summer at Southern Methodist University.


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