CORPUS CHRISTI - The Valero Energy, Coastal Bend Community Foundation, and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Regional Science Fair was held Friday, Feb. 20, and Saturday, Feb. 21, in the American Bank Center 1st floor exhibit halls. The 27th annual regional Science Fair is affiliated with the Texas state science fair and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Students arrived to check in their science display boards on Friday, Feb. 20, from at 12:30 P.M. and the judges evaluated display boards from more than 680 K-12th grade students representing 11 counties around South Texas on Saturday, Feb. 21. The public viewing of exhibits was held on Saturday at 6:30P.M. and was followed by an awards ceremony at 7 P.M.

San Pedro Elementary was proud to find out that one of their kindergarten students, Melina Trevino received first place in physical science at the fair. Her project was titled “What Floats Your Boat” and consisted of making different shaped boats out of foil to see which would hold the most Pennies.

When asked what it was like to win first place Melina told us she was “very excited because I want to win a lot of medals.” “Getting the materials was fun” Trevino told us.

Melina also told us that when she grows up she wants to go to college and become a police officer like her mother.

In Calallen the school was also proud to find out that they had 3 middle school students place in the science fair. Julia Landivar who is in eighth grade won first place, Jasmine Del Gallo who is in sixth grade won second place, and Alena Ramirez who is in seventh grade won second place.

“It feels really exciting to be advancing to state level” Del Gallo said. “I feel really smart and important, my first thought was Oh My Gosh I can’t believe I’m advancing to state.”

Elena Ramirez was also proud of her achievement and soon realized she could go even further. “I did the hard part so now I can have some fun and see how far I can go with this.”

Her project was in regards to the living creatures that inhabit the sand at the beach, and how their populations vary from low and high tide. “I feel like achieved something that will help me in the future.”

Julia Landivar noted that though the presentation portion of the competition was nerve racking for her for the most part she had fun. “Advancing to state is indescribable” Landivar said. “When I heard my name being called, I couldn’t believe it, I was more than overwhelmed with joy.”

Landivar hopes to pursue medicine in the future and wants to attend Baylor University when she is older. “My parents both inspire me to pursue science in my career” Landivar said.

The hard work has paid off for our area students as they prepare for the next level of competition in the science fair.