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LTISD fares well at regional science festival

LTHS Science Festival participants

LTHS 2019 Austin Energy Regional Science Festival participants: (left to right) Jack Delli-Santi, Kate Wakefield, Savannah Atchley, Kallie Nichols (teacher), Coban Brooks, Branden Limauro and Elizabeth Opp.

Two students from Lake Travis High School have advanced to state and international competition after earning top honors at the 2019 Austin Energy Regional Science Festival held February 20-23 at the Palmer Events Center.  In all, students from six LTISD schools participated in the regional festival.

According to Austin Energy, the regional festival is one of the largest science fairs in Texas with almost 3,000 student participants from 3rd through 12th grade. It encourages and rewards innovative student research and provides scientists, engineers and other professionals a chance to volunteer in the community.  Schools may participate in either the Elementary or Junior/Senior divisions.

LTHS senior Jack Delli-Santi, whose project ‘The Effect of Carboxymethyl Cellulose on the Filtration Capabilities of Zebra Mussels, took Austin Energy Best of Fair honors and will participate at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair May 12-17 in Phoenix, Arizona.  Fellow senior Coban Brooks will compete at the Texas (state) Science and Engineering Fair March 29-30 in College Station after his project, ‘The Effectiveness of a Allele-Specific Primer Mismatch in PCR on SNP Genotyping,’ garnered third place at the regional fair.

Additionally, three other Lake Travis High School students received Place and Special awards, and students from Bee Cave, Lake Pointe, Lakeway, Serene Hills and West Cypress Hills elementary schools earned a combined 73 Ribbon and Special awards at the regional fair.