CHS Students Advance to National STEM Competition
March 22, 2017

Kahok PR
March 22, 2017

Devin Harris and Dylan Hall of Collinsville High School took the top award at the Regional Science and Engineering Research Challenge at SIUE earning a bid to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles.

At the regional competition, Devin and Dylan were also awarded ASM Materials Education Foundation Most Outstanding and Best in Category in Engineering Sciences. The bid to ISEF was the highest award of the event. They surpassed competition from other area public high schools, as well as elite private academies.

The accomplishment has great significance according to CHS STEM Club sponsors Cindy Bednara and Thomas Withee, "Only one bid to nationals is awarded at each regional science fair, and it is awarded to the Best of the Day. Furthermore, there are only five regionals across the entire state of Illinois.

Devin and Dylan will travel to the Intel ISEF in Los Angeles and compete May 14th - 19th. The top prize at the Intel ISEF is $75,000 and there are many other significant awards as well. (For information, see: (https://student.societyforscience.org/intel-isef-awards)

Devin and Dylan, as well as senior Kate Fischer earned bids to the State Science Fair at NIU on May 5th. Only 6 projects from the competition advanced to state. Kate earned Best in Category in Biological Sciences.

The CHS sophomore group of Erika Hicks, Trent Pauley, Keegan Butcher, Ivan Velasco and Devan Wallace took Outstanding in Engineering Sciences and the American Meteorological Society Outstanding Award.

Other members of the CHS STEM Club participated in the event and earned recognition for their projects as well.

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