Three Rivers earns high five at county science fair

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Three Rivers Union School students create five of the six Science and Engineering Fair projects for the state competition

TULARE COUNTY – Three Rivers elementary students led this year’s county science fair with five of the top six project that advanced to the state level.

Tulare County Office of Education’s annual Science & Engineering Fair was held virtually on Saturday, March 13. Students presented their projects to judges via Zoom for a chance to represent Tulare County at the state competition.

“You should be incredibly proud of the work you put in and the amazing projects you produced. You have exemplified Albert Einstein’s quote, ‘The important thing is to never stop questioning,’ as you practiced the scientific process—even during distance learning!” Tulare County superintendent of schools Tim Hire said in a video message to the winners.

The six Tulare County projects that advanced to the 2021 Virtual California Science & Engineering Fair on April 12 and 13 are:

  • “Too Much Fertilizer!” by Jayla Karplus from Three Rivers Union School
  • “Calcium Level in Meal Worms” by Eli Lang from Three Rivers Union School
  • “Different Destinations: The Influence of Weight on Flight” by Abigail Nesmith from Three Rivers Union School
  • “How Long Should You Wash Your Hands?” by Aaliyah Paggi from Three Rivers Union School
  • “Reducing Plastic” by Anna Villavicencio from Three Rivers Union School
  • “Biotechnology and the Soybean Revolution Take Two: Reestablishing Baselines to Examine GR Soybean Meal on Plant Growth and Environmental Pollution” by Libby Sanders from Sequoia Middle School in Porterville

Three Rivers students also took home two of the competition’s five excellence ribbons, along with two students from Springville Union School District and one from Redwood High School in Visalia. For a list of all Science & Engineering Fair results, visit

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