2013 SLVRSF Highlights

Highlights of the San Luis Valley Regional Science Fair for 2012-2013

This year’s winners were chosen from among 325 exhibits presented by 340 finalists.  These finalists represented 13 public school districts, home-schoolers from the San Luis Valley, students from Salida, and private schools.  More than 250 judges, including professional scientists, engineers, medical professionals, mathematicians, and advanced AdamsStateUniversity students, interview the students and evaluate their projects before selecting the winners.  In addition, there were also businesses, professional societies, and government agencies that provide their own representatives to judge exhibits based on their criteria.  These judges confer the Special Awards, including scholarships, summer internships, cash, medals, and scientific calculators, which represents an aspect of the bestowing organization.  Over 1000 people attended the Awards Ceremony this year held in the Plachy Hall gym at Adams State University.

Our fair was again successful, thanks to wonderful sponsorship that allowed a middle school student to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, as a Student Observer.

This year several new contributors were acquired for sponsorship of different category or special awards.

SLV students received a total of 44 awards at the Colorado State Science Fair, placing sixth of all thirteen regional fairs.

Of the entries to the CSEF, 75% won an award. SanLuisValley won 12.4% of all awards and of all CSEF projects entered, 5.8% of award winning projects were from the SanLuisValley. The following are examples:

  • Fourteen of those students placed in the grand awards, totaling $1200. Of all the SLV RSF projects entered, 70% won a Grand Award.
  • There were 21 different special awards given to our students, which had a total monetary amount of $1790.
  • Adams State University awarded 3 scholarships to Valley students, which is equivalent to one-year tuition and fees, (approximately $15,000)
  • Two students were awarded a $1,000 renewable undergraduate scholarship from Colorado School of Mines, renewable for up to 3 additional years.
  • Three students were awarded a $1,000 scholarship to attend CSU -Ft.Collins, renewable for up to 3 additional years.
  • One middle school student was nominated to participate in the Broadcom Masters program.
  • One Teacher from the San Luis Valley was nominated for the Lockheed Martin, CSEF Teacher of the year Award. The teacher nominated was: Ms. Terri Paulson, Sargent Middle School.

During the 2013 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair, Tayler Rocha from Monte Vista High School was awarded a full ride scholarship to Drexel University. Drexel University is a private research University, with its main campus located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Congratulations, Tayler.

Top Winners of the 2013 San Luis Valley Regional Science Fair


The following students were chosen to represent the San Luis Valley Regional Science Fair at the Colorado State Science Fair:

Senior Division 

Kelsey Lindbloom, Salida High School              

Hinal Rathi, Alamosa High School

Simon Schaefer, Monte Vista High School       

Jared Phillips, Monte Vista High School

Kevin Garcia, Center High School                      

Alanna Chacon, Center High School

Tayler Rocha, Monte Vista High School            

Brisha Wakasugi, Alamosa High School

Shelly Stienert, Sargent High School                                     

Junior Division 

Henry White, Sangre de Cristo Middle School  

Alyssa Rawinski, Monte Vista Middle School               

Hannah Fisher, Sierra Grande Middle School  

Kelsey Kimberling, Sargent Middle School

Amanda Avila, Monte Vista Middle School        

Cortnie Hunter, Monte Vista Middle School

 Leighton Burt, Sargent Middle School               

Molly Nehring, Monte Vista Middle School

Alayana Akins, Sargent Middle School              

Ty Harrison, Sargent Middle School

Wes Seger, Sargent Middle School                     


The following students were chosen to represent the San Luis Valley Regional Science Fair at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair: 

Tayler Rocha, Monte Vista High School                 

Brisha Wakasugi, Sierra High School

Kelsey Lindbloom, Salida High School

Junior Observer Award

Henry White, Sangre de Cristo Middle School 


The following teachers were chosen to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair:

Judy Lopez, Sierra Grande High School

Loree Harvey, Monte Vista Middle School

Deborah Shawcroft, Sangre de Cristo Middle School


The following School Awards are based on the total tabulations of all Grand

Awards received by their students:

Small Elementary School               Sargent Elementary School

Large Elementary School               Alamosa Elementary School

Small Middle School                       Sargent Middle School

Large Middle School                       Monte Vista Middle School  

Small High School                          Center High School

Large High School                          Monte Vista High School


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