DOLTON | A Roosevelt Junior High School seventh-grader from Dolton West Elementary District 148 will be among the students from across Illinois participating in this year’s Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Science Fair on May 4.
Rachel Caldwell received an award of Outstanding on her science project at the Illinois Junior Academy of Science Region 9 Science Fair on March 9 in Aurora. Her score qualified her for the next round of competition at the state level.
Her projected, titled Brand Warz, determined which paper towel worked best, new or recycled.
“We are excited about Rachel’s accomplishment at the Regional Science Fair and we look forward to her continued success at the state competition,” said District 148 Superintendent Jayne E. Purcell.
The statewide science fair will be at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.
Caldwell said she initially was a bit nervous at the Regional Fair.
“At first I wasn’t too confident. I saw a lot of good projects,” the 13-year-old said, adding, “I knew the judging was going to be a lot tougher than it was in the school (Science Fair).”
But once her presentation to the regional judges got under way, she began to feel more at ease.
Obviously, her efforts paid off.
This marks the second time a Caldwell family member has qualified for the State Science Fair. One of Caldwell's older sisters also competed at the state level several years ago.
Meanwhile, Caldwell said she enjoys doing science experiments, but admits math is her favorite academic subject.
She admittedly works hard on her school work and likes to challenge herself to achieve more. Now she wants to prove that she can continue to maintain straight-As and also win the State Science Fair.
“I’ve come this far. I don’t want it to end here,” she said.
District 148 had 17 student projects in the Regional Science Fair competition. The projects were presented by students from Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Washington Junior high schools.
The district’s students received three Outstanding awards, four first-place honors, and 10 second-place awards.
Along Caldwell, Frances Walker received an Outstanding award.
Students who earned first-place honors included Wynda Wormack, Cecelia Simmons, Jermaine Anderson and Christian Anderson, and Qama’al Williams.
Those who captured second-place recognition included Montunrola Adebogun, Tamera Bradley, Louis Cox, Ryan Thurman, Symphony Cooper, Alice Dixon, Deja Dupaty, and Taylor Jackson and Dominequie Fleming.