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Flagstaff Academy Takes Top Honors at Regional STEM Fair

March 8, 2017 – (Longmont, Colorado) Flagstaff Academy, Northern Colorado's premier science and technology public prek-8th grade charter school, announces that seven middle school students took TOP honors in the 2017 Corden Pharma Colorado Regional Science Fair on Friday, March 3 held at Nevin Platt Middle School. Flagstaff Academy is the only public charter school in the St. Vrain Valley School District to place and be awarded such high honors.

The Junior Level Award Winners:

  • Caitlyn Fong (7th grade) and Prakriti KC (7th grade) - 2nd place, Engineering
  • Jacqueline Paterniti (6th Grade) - 2nd place, Energy and Transportation
  • Noah Randall (8th grade) - 1st place, Chemistry
  • Callan Teta (7th grade) - 3rd place, Engineering
  • Brielle White (8th grade) – 2nd place, Math and Computer Sciences

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) Special Awards

  • Luke Weber (6th grade) - Boulder Valley School District Science Department Award for Science in service to the community.
  • Noah Randall (8th grade) - Broadcom MASTERS, University of Colorado Boulder Chemistry Department Award. The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) is the premier national science and engineering competition for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students.

Noah Randall will be representing Flagstaff Academy at the 62nd Colorado Science and Engineering Fair to be held April 6-8 at the Lory Center at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Noah’s winning project, “Biodegradable Darts,” uses molds with gelatin, glycerin, honey, and an antibacterial that are intended to dissolve into the ground. The Colorado State Science Fair, Inc. honors excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; providing opportunities for students from all regions of the state to create and present their research in environments that nurture interests in science and technology; promoting professional skills, high ethical standards, diversity, and continuing intellectual development.

Flagstaff Academy’s participation in the Corden Pharma Regional STEM Fair competition is part of the school’s year-round commitment to a science and technology-focused curriculum. The seven students were part of 14 who participated at the regional level, and part of over 65 middle school students in total who submitted projects as part of the school’s middle school STEM Fair. “At Flagstaff Academy, every middle school student engages in the process of designing an experiment or an invention,” says Jay Willis, 7th grade science teacher and STEM Fair coordinator. “This process is critical to the development of student’s creativity and critical thinking skills. This year we had a record number of projects participate in the Middle School STEM fair, and are proud of all of our students who have worked so hard on their projects.”  

“We are so proud of the accomplishments of our Flagstaff Academy students at the Corden Pharma Regional STEM Fair, “says Katie Gustafson, Assistant Principal, Middle School. “Their success is surpassed only by the passion they have demonstrated in their work. It is amazing to watch students persist and fine tune their work in the STEM Fair year after year and culminate in regional recognition.” 

About Flagstaff Academy:

Founded in 2005, Flagstaff Academy has built an exceptional educational environment which values developing the whole child through an award-winning Pre-K to 8th Grade Core Knowledge academic program. Our curriculum is rich with experiential arts, hands-on science exploration, character education, and innovative technology integration. Flagstaff Academy’s mission is to develop students who are equipped to be well-rounded, ethical leaders in the world community with a foundation based on science and technology. Learn more at www.flagstaffacademy.org.