STATEHOUSE-Rep. Matt Bell (R-Avilla) would like to congratulate several local students on their accomplishments at the Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair (HSEF).
Noah Mains, a sixth grade Ft. Wayne area homeschooled student, was awarded with the U.S. Air Force Award for Excellence in Science Research-Honorable Mention.
Kristine Morr, an eighth grade St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School student, was awarded with the U.S. Navy Award for Excellence in Science Research-Junior, Innovative Engineering Award and the Society of Women Engineers Central Indiana Future Female Engineer Award.
Jay Parekh, a ninth grade student at Homestead High School, was awarded for Excellence in Clinical Microbiology-First and named to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Team.
Abhishek Chintapalli, a twelfth grade student at Homestead High School, was also named to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Team.
The students were four of 100 top middle school and high school students at the 2010 HSEF held at IUPUI on March 27. Students were selected from 12 Indiana area science fairs.
Jay and Abhishek will be two of the students going to San Jose, California in May for the Intel International Science Fair.
"This is a true testament to the time and hard work these students invest not only in the classroom but outside as well," Rep. Bell said. "We need to continue to emphasize the importance of math and science to our students. Without the work of excellent educators in our Ft. Wayne area schools, as well as a commitment to support education at home by these student's families, success of this magnitude would not be possible. I look forward to celebrating the further successes of these outstanding individuals."