Emily Gray Jr. High Recognized as SARSEF 2020 Top Middle School Award Winner

This year’s Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair (SARSEF) Top Middle School Award was given to Emily Gray Jr. High School for their outstanding achievement.
Fifteen out of the twenty entries by EGJH science students won awards in this year’s competition. 
Lara Huetter w/trophy photo 
Ms. Lara Huetter, EGJH 8th Grade Science Teacher, noted, “Our science team is so proud of all the students who qualified to go to SARSEF. While not everyone won an award, 15 out of 20 projects won something, which is the highest percentage Emily Gray has seen. One project earned the ISEF observer award, another over $600 from various companies. We ended up earning The Top Middle School Award which is evidence of the uniqueness of these Original STEM projects.”

Clayton Albright, an 8th grade student, was the recipient of the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) Observer award (pictured). Only a couple of middle school students are invited to participate in this event and be an observer at the fair. It is quite an honor! 

The student projects all solved some sort of problem: from dog shoes to prevent knuckling, to a violin made from recyclables, from washes designed to divert garbage, to a healthier diet affecting Parkinson symptoms, from concrete being eco friendly, to growing Lion’s Mane mushrooms on native hardwood trees. 

Said Mrs. Huetter about the hard-working EGJH students, “The students worked hard at the scientific and engineering design process and learned valuable lessons along the way. They researched, persevered, retried failures, collected huge amounts of data and took pride in putting together a fantastic board presentation. The students should be congratulated on a job well done!”

EGJH Principal, Greg Miller, and Assistant Principal, Elizabeth Egan, share their Bobcat pride with their staff and students, saying, “Congratulations SCIENCE TEAM! ~ You led and facilitated our young Bobcats to winning the SARSEF Top Middle School Award!    Students in your charge enthusiastically learn about science  in the real world.  Your lessons are engaging, and hands-on.  Your patience, encouragement and love of learning is contagious.   You have fostered this love of learning to students and families.  Your Emily Gray Family is so proud  to celebrate with all of you this outstanding SARSEF award.  Thank you for all of the support you provided these students to earn such a wonderful accomplishment.  Go Bobcats!”

Congratulations to the Emily Gray Jr. High Science Teaching Team!
  • Mr. Ted Dawson
  • Mr. Jerry Frey
  • Mrs. Lara Huetter
  • Dr. Joanna Norman

For a list and descriptions of the EGJH students’ winning projects, please click <HERE>


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