FORT DEFIANCE, Ariz. - Students from Tsehootsoi Intermediate Learning Center and Tsehootsoi Middle School had a strong showing at the recent 2014 Navajo Nation Science Fair that took place Feb. 26-28 at Red Rock State Park in Churchrock, New Mexico.
More than 54 schools and more than 800 K-12 students with 128 teachers participated in the science fair.
Johansen Phillips, organizer of the science fair, has been coordinating the event for the past four years with the help of staff from the Office of Diné Science, Mathematics and Technology and Office of Educational Research and Statistics.
Phillips commended students from Window Rock Unified School District.
"Students from Window Rock always bring excellent projects every year," Phillips said. "They had three schools participate and they took some awards home."
Student Vivika Lewis, a fourth grader, placed third in the competition with her biology project on Flintstone Vitamins and Jaden Redhair, an eighth grader, placed third for his project Tesla Lightshow in the physical science category.
Getting to the Navajo Nation Science Fair was not an easy task. Students first had to qualify at the Inaugural Science Expo and Fair hosted by Window Rock Unified School District earlier this year.
The Inaugural Science Expo and Fair attracted more than 125 participants who competed in eight categories. The winners then qualified for the 2014 Navajo Nation Science Fair.
The expo winners were:
Animal science: Leander Charley, first place, fifth grade; Kayla Chee, first place, eighth grade.
Behavioral and social science: Devlin Wauneka, first place, fouth grade; Kamille Wilson, second place, sixth grade; Jacob Martinez, second place, eighth grade.
Biology: Vivika Lewis, first place, fourth grade.
Chemistry: Leighianne Dale, first place, fifth grade; Elijah Begay, second place, sixth grade.
Environmental science: Quincy Tracey, first place, fifth grade.
Physical science: Dante Shirley, first place, fourth grade; Roger Singer, second place, sixth grade; Jaden Redhair, first place, eighth grade.