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Mar 20, 2013 5:32 PM by KSBY (Staff)

Local high school students headed to State Science Fair

Eight students from Pioneer Valley High School competed at the Santa Barbara County Science Fair, and qualified five projects for the April 15th and 16th California State Science Fair.

The team is part of Pioneer Valley High School's Summer Science Institute (SSI).

SSI Founder and science teacher Riccardo Magni said the students have been hard at work since June.

Sophomore Cynthia Rodriguez won first place in the Life Science category with "Get Squirmy." The project examined how temperatures relate to mealworm production.

Other Life Science winners include sophomore Vanessa Sierra, who also won first place. Juniors Stephany Rubio and Katie Randolph won second and third places respectively.

In the Physial Science compettion, junior Xavier Aguilar won first place with "Not All Sunscreens Are Created Equal." Aguilar compared 17 different products and determined the best buy for the money. Sophomore Jonah Mau came in second.

SMJUHSD Superintendent Dr. Mark Richardson thanked the students and Magni for taking effort, dedication and education to a "higher level".

Team members collected a total of $600 in individual awards.

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