Junior High Students Advance to Science Regionals


Congratulations to the 60 junior high students from Dirksen, Gompers, Hufford, and Washington Junior High Schools who competed in the Science Fair at the Joliet Public Schools District 86 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Extravaganza. The following seventh- and eighth-grade students received a gold medal at the event and qualified to compete at the Illinois Junior Academy of Science Regionals at North Central College in March. 

Isabela Calderon, Gompers Junior High; Jocelyn Chiguil, Dirksen Junior High; Helen Diaz, Gompers Junior High; Sebastian Duque, Gompers Junior High; Fernando Faneite, Gompers Junior High; Na’Ryah Figueroa, Hufford Junior High; Esbayde Gonzalez, Hufford Junior High; Rebecca Hernandez, Hufford Junior High; Rocco Jones, Washington Junior High; Alexis Medina Bolanos, Gompers Junior High; Margarito Mojica Martinez, Gompers Junior High; Alexandra Munoz, Gompers Junior High; Samuel Sabogal Ruiz, Gompers Junior High; and Joanna Swearengen, Dirksen Junior High.

In addition, the following sixth-grade students received first place awards, including Demin Flores from Gompers Junior High who received a perfect score in the competition.

Rosita Cortez, Gompers Junior High; Francisco Duarte, Gompers Junior High; Zahira Mendoza, Gompers Junior High; Sofia Morataya, Gompers Junior High; Daniel Ortiz, Gompers Junior High; and Erioluwa Sijuade, Hufford Junior High.

Students representing the junior high robotics clubs and esports after-school club from Hufford Junior High School also participated at the event.

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