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Regional Science Fair awards include scholarships for many Cape students

By Staff | Jan 24, 2012

The Thomas Alva Edison Regional Science and Inventor Fairs were held Saturday, Jan. 20, at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Alico Arena, with numerous Cape students competing. Many garnered two-year and four-year full scholarships for their award-winning work.

More than $600,000 in college scholarships were awarded. In addition, several students have been chosen by a panel of additional judges to go on to the state finals in April in Lakeland.

The fair’s committee works year-round to organize the event that hosts more than 800 local students who have already won at their individual school’s science fair event, said organizers.

“I thought the projects were amazing this year,” said Shirley Morrison, coordinator for the science fair, who is with FGCU.

“The venue for the event was moved from Harborside Event Center to the university and that move brought a new level of sophistication to the competition, making it it an educational showcase for the students.”

Karen Ryan, president of the Edison Festival of Light and LCEC Public Relations manager, said, “The Edison Festival of Light is proud to be associated with this science and invention fair. It’s encouraging to see what these young people are doing because they are our future.”

Shivani Desai from Cape Coral High School won a four-year scholarship to Edison State College. Xylo Smith-Pajares of North Fort Myers who attends Canterbury HIgh also won that prestigious scholarship.

Tuan Tran of Diplomat Middle School won a two-year scholarship at Edison.

Special scholarships were awarded at different levels. A summer research opportunity at a $600 value was awarded to Shreeya Desai of Gulf Middle School; Bryce Corcoran of Oasis Charter Middle School; Emma Barcena and Brooke Lynn Cioccona of Challenger MIddle School and Michael Moore of Caloosa Middle School.

For more information about the fair, contact Jim Helms at jimbhelms@hotmail.com.

To learn more about the Edison Festival of Light, visit edisonfestival.org or call 334-2999.