Rockdale’s brightest young scientific minds and the research they conducted in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields were in the spotlight at the 2018 Rockdale Regional Science and Engineering Fair (RRSEF) Jan. 26 at Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology. Out of 186 participants, 49 Grand Champions (32 high school students and 17 middle school students) will advance to the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair in March. More were chosen to advance to national and international competitions. This year’s RRSEF saw 177 projects submitted in 23 scientific categories evaluated by more than 70 STEM professionals. For the full list of first, second, and third place winners and Specialty Award winners, visit or Students advancing to state, national and international events are:

GRAND CHAMPIONS, SENIOR DIVISION (high school projects advancing to state fair):

Adaysha Gilbert & Aryana Brown, Anthony Rickman, Ashanah Gayden, Brandom Gignilliat, Cara Zheng, Carly Kimpling, Cionne Gates, Cole Nangle, Elaina Mosely, Huong Ho, Imani Williams, Isabella Gaona, Jacqueline Gomez, Jordan Porter & Ashley Williams, Kennedi Tyler, Khaylie Boothe, Matthew Fachisthers, Michelle Nguyen, Najifa Hossain & Sarah Beharry, Natalia Arias, Nicole Ofori, Renee George, Sarah Burkey, Sarah Goldgar, Shivam Vohra & Ian Wescott, Steven Hua, Tommy Nguyen, Tykera Moore.

GRAND CHAMPIONS, JUNIOR DIVISION (middle school projects advancing to state fair):

Alex Zakirov, Aum Patel, Dylan Burkey, Grace Kirkland & Liauna Kelly, Jeriko Kammerer & Keon Wright & Maxwell Zhang, Laura Goldgar, Megan Fachisthers & Hailey Covarrubias, Morgan Gill & Margaret Hwang, Nathan Crafts, Nylah Ductan, Stewart Oser, Zac Yassin.

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) (advancing to international fair): Michelle Nguyen, Huong Ho, Tykera Moore.

Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS) Recommendation Award (top high school projects entering national fair): Huong Ho, Jacqueline Gomez, Tommy Nguyen, Kira Blankenship, Elina Babkina, Matthew Fachisthers, Cionne Gates, Kennedi Tyler, Isabella Gaona, Kep Nana, Anthony Mays, Tykera Moore, Khaylie Boothe.

Broadcom MASTERS (top middle school projects entering national fair): Dylan Burkey, Nylah Ductan, Morgan Gill, Laura Goldgar, Margaret Hwang, Liauna Kelly, Grace Kirkland, Stewart Oser.

NCSSS Student Conference (presenting at national conference): Payton Lovett, Austin Goodloe; alternates – Elina Babkina, Tommy Nguyen, Natalie Arias.

Sigma XI (entering national research competition online): Neiko Anderson, Elaina Mosely, Camryn Taylor, Anthony Rickman.

Jill Beach and Mary Mansell Awards (top teachers at RRSEF): Scott Robinson of Rockdale Magnet School, Terilyn Smith of Memorial Middle School.