Senator Coons went back to his roots as a chemistry major at the 20th annual Sussex County Science Fair on Monday. Chris was blown away by the work of the middle and high school participants whose projects covered a wide spectrum of scientific studies. He also took the opportunity to meet with and thank science teachers who encouraged students to participate.
“Teachers who go the extra mile, teachers who inspire kids to use what they’re learning in the classroom and apply it to everyday life--those are the educators who motivate students to follow their dreams and to go on to do great things,” said Chris.
The fair provided students with the opportunity to be recognized by the community for their curiosity and achievements in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) academics. Since arriving in the Senate, Chris has worked hard to promote STEM education.
“An education rooted in STEM gives students a leg up when it comes to finding good quality jobs,” he said.
Chris also spoke with Priyen Patel and his sister, Bansri, students at Sussex Technical High School in Georgetown who he previously met last year in Washington when they were on Capitol Hill for the international BioGENEius competition.
At the fair, Chris recognized all the hard work students, educators, judges, sponsors and volunteers like Helen Gieske put in to make this important event a reality for the 20th straight year. He also congratulated all of the winners:
Sussex County BioGENEius Winners
Priyen Patel, Sussex Tech
Bansri Patel, Sussex Tech
Gopika Lakshmanan, Indian River
Melissa Schoonfield, Sussex Central
William McCabe, Indian River
Sussex County Science Fair Winners
First Place: Cohen Davis, Sussex Academy
Second Place: Golden Fees, Sussex Academy
Third Place: Brooke Ward, Sussex Academy
Honorable Mention: Colleen Anderson, Sussex Academy
Honorable Mention: Gabrielle Hastings, Sussex Academy
Honorable Mention: Griffin McCormick, Sussex Academy
First Place: Ricky Brokaw, Sussex Academy
Second Place: Ashe Hebrank-Ekas, Beacon Middle
Third Place: Grace Brokaw, Sussex Academy
Honorable Mention: Tobias Ferl, Sussex Academy
Honorable Mention: Nicholas Conrad, Beacon Middle
First Place: Melissa Schoonfield, Sussex Central
Second Place: Alison Jennings, Indian River
Third Place: John Douglass Messick, Sussex Central
Honorable Mention: Tiffany Raeuber, Sussex Central
Honorable Mention: Jack Saxton, Indian River
First Place: Bansri Patel, Sussex Tech
Second Place: Sid Miller, Cape Henlopen
Third Place: Merrick Kovatch, Indian River
Honorable Mention: Jennifer Peasnall, Sussex Central
Honorable Mention: Mason Chambers, Sussex Central
Honorable Mention: Chelsea Shanahan, Indian River
First Place: Caroline Maahs, Sussex Central
Second Place: Priyen Patel, Sussex Tech
Third Place: Trevor Aldred, Cape Henlopen
Honorable Mention: Kristin Kneller, Indian River
First Place: Sara Westhafer, Indian River
Second Place: Amber Pearce, Sussex Central