KCPS Scholars Shine At City-Wide Science Fair

Students showcase their science skills and earn top honors during 2017 event


Kansas City, April 17. 2017:  Young scholars from across Kansas City Public Schools demonstrated their mastery of science, technology, engineering and math during the 2017 Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair at Union Station.

The following KCPS students were honored for their outstanding efforts as Academic Award winners at this year’s fair:

  • Cirria Taylor, Ravionna Rhodes and Loretta Neal (Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School) – 1st Place, Intermediate Materials Science Team
  • Shanyla Myers, Adrianna Moore and Jayleen Pelep (George Melcher Elementary School) – 1st Place, Intermediate Plant Science Team
  • Abdul Nash and Saleem Nash (Hartman Elementary School) – 1st Place, Intermediate Energy and Environmental Engineering Team
  • Mackenzie Chester, Julianna Silva, and Trania Thomas (Northeast Middle School) – 1st Place, Junior Energy and Environmental Engineering Team
  • Jayveon Freeman, Dayna Ballard Hill and Kenlley Fortine (George Melcher Elementary School) – 2nd Place, Intermediate Chemistry

African Centered College Prep Elementary School students Donzell Abraham, Aarihanna Looney, SaDerra Gill, Isaiah Williams and Marcell Rouser were also recognized for their projects at the fair.

The fair is run by Science Pioneers, Inc., an organization founded by business leaders, teachers and scientists in 1956 to promote science education. Every year, teams of students from across the region showcase their talents with science projects at the fair.

In 2017, more than 200 STEM-related professionals served as volunteer judges for the Academic Awards, according to the Science Pioneers website. In addition, Special Awards are given to students by STEM-related organizations each year at the fair. These awards have their own unique criteria and judges.

The following KCPS students received 2017 Special Awards as part of the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) program:

  • Abrianna Fiddmont, Anyeli Valequez and Kelly Gonzales (Hartman Elementary School)
  • Mackenzie Chester, Julianna Silva and Trania Thomas (Northeast Middle School)

Finally, Mackenzie Chester, Julianna Silva, Trania Thomas and Elizabeth Stormy of Northeast Middle School were all invited to display their projects at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering and Technology throughout the month of May 2017. The library is located at 5109 Cherry St. on the UMKC campus.

Learn more about the Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair by visiting www.sciencepioneers.org.