Young Incline scientists head to state regionals |

Young Incline scientists head to state regionals

Annette Summers
Special to the Bonanza
Denali Vinson and Alyssa Lackie enjoying the fair.
Courtesy photos |

List of student entries

Kinder - 2nd

1st place: Mrs. Leisek - 2nd grade, The Egg Bouncer

2nd place: Mrs. Neu 1st grade, Beating the Mold Monster

3rd place: Mrs. Unger - Kinder, Ramp it up

Honorable Mention

Mrs. Truitt - Kinder, Rainbow Colors

Mrs. Atkinson - 1st grade, Best Liquid for Plants

Mr. Wiggs - 2nd grade, Which is the Stickiest?


Dawson Ferrell, Video Helmet

3rd Grade

1st place: Koda Allen, Marbles on the Go

2nd place: Josue Salas, Determining the Mass Flow Rate

3rd place: Molly Ellis, Spotless

Honorable Mention

Mahali Kuzyk, Peas Please

Anthony Marshall, Homemade Fire Extinguisher

Issy Berberich, Absorbing Fabric

Jimena Elizarraraz, Fertilization with Tea

4th Grade

1st place: Jared Hock, Mouth Bacteria

2nd place: Michael Flores, Goofy Shoes

3rd place: Nate Murillo, Create Your Own Mini Salt Flats

Honorable Mention

Savannah Jaramillo, My Amazing Electromagnet

Leslie Martinez, Thermal Energy Eagles


1st place: Kylee Rehberger & Lana Soli, Room Changer

2nd place: Austin Michael Espinola Abdo, Lay Back

5th Grade

1st place: Brandon Salas, Powerful Fuel

2nd place: Christopher Vaughn, Plant Cannibalism

3rd place: Paloma Nolan-Bowers, Helmet is Best

Honorable Mention

Heather Liggett, Moldy Bagels

Bodhi Kuzyk, Rotten Apples


1st place: Sage Freidus, The 2-in-1 Pot

2nd place: Jakob Hugar, Bat Buddy

3rd place: James Louden, Doggy-Pull-No-More

Honorable Mention Inventions

Dylan Cleary & Sam Minkle, Safe Pan

Jack Stroltz, Warm & Clear Glasses

The students of Incline Elementary School made the community proud on Feb. 11 at the annual Science Fair.

K-5 students filled the school multipurpose room with creative experiments and inventions, and 154 experiments/inventions were exhibited — a school record.

Projects ranged from experiments of rotting foods to exploding containers and inventions for pet control devices such as Doggy Pull-No-More. A public awards ceremony was held in the evening and provided something for everyone to admire.

Volunteer judges from the community were assigned to different grades, and each child was interviewed by a judge so he or she could validate and present his or her hard work.

The judges spent all day reviewing projects, interviewing the kids and had the difficult task of deciding on first, second, third and honorable mention places.

“This was a difficult group of students to judge because there were so many good choices, but as usual, creativity and originality were the common threads among winners,” said judge Brent Welling, an engineer and retired co-founder of Linear Technology.

Seven projects and several inventions qualified to enter the regional competition held in Reno at the Lawlor Events Center, March 26-27.

“Our kids proved to be articulate and for the most part followed directions and experienced hands-on research and science methodology,” added Olivia Cushing, Science and Outdoor Coordinator at IES.

Some of the outstanding exhibits included bouncing eggs, kid-made rainbows, marbles that helped test liquid viscosity, mouth bacteria from humans and five different household pets, a room changer that automatically redecorates your home, the best fuel for explosions, and the 2-in-1 Pot.

Special acknowledgements go to all the judges and especially the Science Fair directors; Cushing, of the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation AmeriCorps Program; and Stacy Combs, a parent of children who attend the school.

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