By Amanda Hatfield
TITUSVILLE -- The hard work and extraordinary vision of three young minds paid off this month, when they each received an outstanding honor for their efforts.
St. Teresa Catholic School students Azyiah Haynes, Bjorn Tapia and Isabella Ebaugh-Santos each claimed "Best in Show" at the Brevard County Catholic Schools Science and Art Fair on March 14.
"Third-through sixth-grade students, winning science projects from their individual schools, were judged at the county level during the Brevard County Catholic Schools Science and Art Fair," said Dawn Melcher, Orlando Diocese regional marketing director for Brevard and Volusia Counties. "Kindergarten through eighth-grade students' art projects were judged in the art portion of the competition."
Fourth-grader Azyiah Haynes received "Best in Show" in art for her depiction of flowers blooming in a flower pot, topping 80 entries submitted third- to eighth-grade students throughout the county.
"I really like flowers and their beautiful colors, and this art represents beauty," Azyiah said. "Winning this award makes me excited and feel awesome. To me, this award has meant that I am a good artist."
Bjorn Tapia, a fifth-grader at St. Teresa Catholic School, was awarded "Best in Show" for his science project, in the fifth- and sixth-grade physical science category.
"My project is 'Which three-dimensional shape will reflect the most light?'" Bjorn said. "I found out that, the more surfaces that the object has, the more light it will reflect."
Bjorn also discovered that, if the shape's surfaces are not the same, the light it reflects will be determined by which way the shape is facing.
"Receiving this award means that I did a good job," Bjorn added.
Rounding out the "Best in Show" sweep for St. Teresa Catholic School is fourth-grade student Isabella Ebaugh-Santos, who also received her award in the third- and fourth-grade physical science category.
"My project was, 'How far will a car go if you put it on a ramp at different heights?" Isabella said.
In her tests, Isabella discovered that the highest ramp would yield the car that traveled the greatest distance.
"Receiving this award makes me very happy," Isabella said.
For more information, visit www.brevardcatholicschools.org.