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Tanner Starling, from left, Kathryn Jones, and Ryan Brewington stand on stage with their first place trophies in front of FLC science lab instructor Martha McLeod while at the CBRSF.

Nine students from Fulton Learning Center (FLC) competed at the 32nd annual Coastal Bend Regional Science Fair (CBRSF) Friday, Feb. 7 and 8 at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi (TAMUCC). Valero Energy and TAMUCC sponsor the event.

11 counties from the Coastal Bend area were eligible to compete with 25 school districts and charter schools registering projects. More than 800 students competed in the event.

Students could enter a project in one of two categories: Life and Health Science, or Physical and Engineering Science.

For the first time in FLC’s history, three students placed first in their respective divisions at the fair. It is also the third year in a row that an FLC student placed first in the fifth grade division.

Fifth grade students Kathryn Jones and Tanner Starling took first places in the Life and Health Science division and Physical and Engineering Science division, respectively. Fourth grade student Ryan Brewington also took first place in the Physical and Engineering Science division.

Other FLC students competing in the CBRSF, but not placing, included third graders Diego Alvear, Ginger Carpenter, and Brayden Wilson; fourth graders, Ethan Dworaczyk and Aubree Morales; and fifth grader, Joseph Mace-Troche.

“We are so proud of all of the students and their families for working so hard to advance to such a high level of competition,” said FLC Science Lab Instructor Martha McLeod. “Traveling to a university and being interviewed by college professors can be a daunting task.”

All nine FLC students that competed in the CBRSF will be rewarded with a trip to Sea World in May.

Unlike 6th – 12th grade students, the elementary division does not advance to the state or national level of competition.

The science fair program at FLC is sponsored by science lab instructor Martha McLeod.

For more information on the CBRSF, visit its site at http://sciencefair.tamucc.edu/index.html.

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