St. Paul’s-Riverside students win awards at regional science fair

St. Paul’s-Riverside students win awards at regional science fair
Marco A. Chua & Julia-Elizabeth Marquez

Two middle school students from St. Paul’s Catholic School-Riverside bagged first- and third-place awards in two categories at the Northeast Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NEFRSEF) during virtual awards on Feb. 23.

Sixth-grader Marco A. Chua won first place in Medicine and Health with his project titled, “Stop Cross-Contact: How Proper Washing of Shared Utensils Can Keep People with Food Allergies Safe.” Meanwhile, seventh-grader Julia-Elizabeth Marquez placed third in Computer Science with her project titled, “The Speed of the Internet.”

Chua advances to the State Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) of Florida STEM Competition, which will be held on March 30-April 2. He has also earned an invitation to participate in Broadcom MASTERS, a premier national middle school STEM competition slated for fall.

Kelsey Theodore, St. Paul’s middle school science teacher and coordinator for NEFRSEF, said the annual fair provides a healthy level of rigor that has challenged her students to grow as scientists and foster their own scientific inquiry. “Participating in NEFRSEF is an incredible opportunity for students with a passion for science to pursue scientific endeavors with the guidance of a skilled team of scientists every step of the way,” she added.

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