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PRESS RELEASE: MHUSD Students Compete at the 2017 Synopsys Championship


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PRESS RELEASE— April 10, 2017 — Competing against hundreds of students from all across Santa Clara County, two Morgan Hill Unified School District students, eighth-grader, Molly Waddington from Britton Middle School and sixth-grader, Natalya Sanchez from San Martin/Gwinn Environmental Science Academy took home honors from the 2017 Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship,

“Participating in a Science Fair inspires curiosity and discovery, but also yields mature, self-confident, and competitive students at the end,” said Superintendent Steve Betando of the competition. “We are exceptionally proud of these young ladies for their hard work and dedication to the study of science.”

Molly Waddington earned a BBC Microbit development kit from TechLab Education and an Honorable Mention: Certificate of Achievement from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Intelligent Systems Award in the Physical Science and Engineering category for her project “Robo Garden.” While Natalya Sanchez competed in the Biological Science and Engineering category, taking home an Honorable Mention for her project “Eggshells vs. Fertilizer.”

Overall, MHUSD was represented by 18 students in two categories, Physical Science and Engineering and Biological Science and Engineering. Science teachers James Levis (Britton), Eileen Resnick (Martin Murphy), and Nora Haddad and Vee Zabala (San Martin/ Gwinn) were instrumental in preparing students for competition.

The annual Synopsys Championship showcases students from across Santa Clara County. The regional competition celebrates achievement by middle and high school students supported by their parents, teachers, and schools.

Hundreds of the area’s students are challenged to go beyond their classroom studies to do independent project-based research. They work independently or in teams to address questions in the fields of Computer Science, Environmental Science, Medicine & Health, Chemistry, Biology, and a half-dozen other categories.


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