Del Valle ISD students participated in the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival, competing with students from Bastrop, Brazos, Burleson, Caldwell, Comanche, Fayette, Lee, Mills, Travis, Washington, Williamson, and northern Hays counties. The competition is one of the state’s largest science fairs, with about 3,000 students participating students from grades 3 through 12.

Fifteen high school students and seven middle school students from DVISD participated in the Junior and Senior Divisions that became eligible to advance to Texas Science and Engineering Fair on March 27 and 28 in College Station.

Del Valle High School 9th grade student Lesley Padron Rios won the Passion for Science award and will be advancing to the state science fair. The Passion for Science award is awarded to first time participants in the fair. Jonathan Hernandez, a DVHS 12th grade student, earned the DVISD Superintendent award for his project on biochar and seed germination.

In the elementary division, a total of 17 students from Creedmoor, Del Valle, Gilbert, and Smith Elementaries were awarded ribbons.

“I like science fair because I can discover how the world works, which is great because I can understand it more,” Lesley Padron-Rios said.

“My experience at the science fair was one to remember. It was fun getting to meet other students and learning about their projects. I also got to learn more about the way I problem solve and get my tasks done,” said Lucita Rodriguez, a 12th-grade student at DVHS.

Students will have their projects on display and will be recognized at the March 24 Board Meeting.

Photo of award winner at regional science fair Group photo of district participants in regional science fair