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Paris ISD Students Bring Home Awards

Pictured left to right: Aikin Principal Katie McKinney, Aikin Instructional Coach Kally Williams, Seth Loza, and Susan Huizinga – Region 8 Service Center.

Paris Independent School District students showcased their scientific prowess at the Region 8 ESC Science Fair last Thursday, February 8. Among the talented participants, three students stood out and proudly brought home awards, demonstrating their dedication and excellence in science. Competing in such events allows students to apply their knowledge and skills in a practical setting. It fosters a spirit of curiosity and innovation crucial for their academic and personal growth. The achievements of these students reflect their hard work, creativity, and passion for science, inspiring others to explore the world’s wonders through scientific inquiry and experimentation.

Aikin Elementary fourth grader Seth Loza placed first in the Elementary Behavioral/Biological category with his “Battle of Fruit DNA” project. Seth’s dedication, creativity, and hard work are evident in his project, showcasing his passion for science and learning.

Pictured left to right – front row: Crockett Principal Kimberly Donnan, Anniston Bray, Nathan Darst, and Crocket Instructional Coach Stephanie Staggs Back row: Susan Huizinga – Region 8 Service Center


Crockett Intermediate fifth grader Anniston Bray placed first in the Elementary Invention category with her innovative project titled “Garbage to Grub.” Bray’s project focused on recycling waste materials into food for animals, demonstrating Anniston’s forward-thinking mindset and concern for sustainability.

Sixth grader Nathan Darst, also from Crockett Intermediate, placed third in the Junior High/High School Invention category with his project “Build a Better Nerf Gun.” Darst’s invention increased the blaster’s range and power to travel further.