Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall, Vice Mayor Ernie Sochin and Councilmember Peggy Bell assisted the judges in the selection of winners of the top fourth and fifth grade Science Fair projects at Dr. Edward L. Whigham Elementary School’s annual K- 5 Science Fair on Wednesday, Dec. 12.
“First place was awarded to Xiomara Rios — Pinwheel Power; second place, Arial Aguilar — Weight vs. Distance, and third place, Robert Pereria — Dice,” said fifth grade teacher Susan M. Cummings. “Each student proudly took home a trophy. These projects will compete in the MDCPS 2013 Elementary Science, Mathematics and Invention Fair at Miami Dade College North Campus on Jan. 26, 2013.”
Awards were given by principal Susan Lyle and assistant principal Barbara Hernandez-Guerra.
Additionally, the top three third grade students — Adrianna Solares, Sophia Arguello and Kailey Leann Whitaker — were awarded first, second, and third place medals. The top three kindergarten to second grade classes, Mrs. Navarro’s first grade class, Mr. Saenz Jr.’s kindergarten class, and Mrs. Molerio’s first grade class were awarded first, second and third ribbons. Caitlin Drickler won the overall Student Choice Medal.
“We just want to thank the members of our town council for partnering with our local schools,” said Marilyn Horne, fourth grade teacher at Whigham. “I am very impressed with the level of commitment and dedication they continue to show to the children in our community.”
Susan J. Lyle, the principal of Whigham Elementary, stressed the importance of the event for the youngsters.
“Our Science Fair gave our students the opportunity to actively engage in a creative process that develops their critical thinking skills,” Lyle said. “They are able to gain a new understanding about the world. Many of the students in our WAVE (Whigham Aquatic Visionary Explorers) Academy focused on projects relating to our aquatic environment. It was wonderful to see the excitement on their faces.”