The Valero Energy, Coastal Bend Community Foundation and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Regional Science Fair was held Friday, Feb. 26 and Saturday, Feb. 27, in the American Bank Center, first floor exhibit halls.

This year’s event title sponsors were Valero Energy, the Coastal Bend Community Foundation and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and Del Mar College is the event’s silver title sponsor

The 28th annual regional Science Fair is affiliated with the Texas state science fair and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

Students checked in their science display boards on Friday, Feb. 26 and judges evaluated display boards from more than 500 K-12thgrade students representing 11 counties around South Texas on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public viewing of exhibits was held on Saturday evening and was immediately followed by the awards ceremony at 7:00 PM.

Students were awarded in the K-5 division and the 6-12 division with the winners from the latter division being invited to compete at the state science fair in San Antonio on March 31 to April 2. There will be a meeting for the state qualifiers and their parents on March 3 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christ Educational Center for Math and Science round building, 1st floor.

Science Fair Director Dr. Tonya Jeffery is passionate about promoting the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math or STEM fields as they are also known, among young students. “It gives kids the opportunity to explore their creativity, innovation, and passion for STEM,” said Dr Jeffery.

Local winners from the are as follows:

Elementary Division

Israel Soliz, K-Physical Science, 3rd place from Calallen Beau Smith, 1-Physical Science, 1st place from Orange Grove Adelyn G. Alvarado, 1-Physical Science, 3rd place from Tuloso-Midway Tess Rodriguez, 1-Life Science, 1st place, from Alice Alejandra Orta, 2-Physical Science, 1st place from Seashore Charter School Colvin Del Gallo, 2-Physical Science, 2nd place from Calallen Jayde Marroquin, 2-Life Science, 3rd place from Tuloso-Midway  Intermediate Division

Leaya Alaniz, 3-Life Science, 2nd place from Robstown Blake Trevino, 3-Life Science, 3rd place from Calallen Nicole Sumabon, 5-Physical Science, 1st place from Calallen Allison Flower and Ashley Flower, 5-Physical Science, 3rd place from Tuloso-Midway Seth Huffman, 5-Life Science, 2nd place from Seashore Charter Schools Beau Smith won the Best in Show award for the Elementary Division as well as the $1,000 TAMUCC Tuition Award for Overall Best in Show. Nicole Sumabon won the Intermediate Division Best in Show award.

Junior Division

Celeste Torres, Animal Science, 1st place from Alice Matthew Daugird, Behavioral & Social Science, 1st place from Seashore Charter Schools Nina Ferris, Behavioral & Social Science, 2nd place from Seashore Charter Schools Bria Escobar, Chemistry, 3rd place from Alice Jorge Salinas, Energy &Transportation, 3rd place from Freer Nikolai Ortiz, Environmental Management, 1st place from Seashore Academy Miguel Gonzalez, Plant Sciences, 2nd Place from Alice