STEM Essay Contest celebration event held

Wharton County Junior College (WCJC) recently sponsored its first WCJC STEM (science technology engineer and math) Essay Contest celebration. The event was held on the WCJC Wharton campus in the Pioneer Student Center. Invited guests included all the middle school students; who had participated in the WCJC STEM Essay Contest; their parents, families and the middle school science teachers and principals who had supported the contest. Attendance at the event was over 200.

The contest called for middle school students to compose an essay titled, “My Invention to Change the World.” WCJC received over 200 essays from middle school students. The essays were scored by WCJC staff and administrators. Prizes were awarded to a grade level winner at each school (6th, 7th and 8th grade) and an overall school winner. Grade level winners were presented with an I POD Shuffle and overall school winners received the latest generation I POD Nano.

The celebration featured a general session on STEM career awareness and college attendance and then a series of shorter breakout sessions. The breakout sessions showcased WCJC technology programs, the college’s new STEM Success Center and curiosity sessions on mathematics and scientific thinking. The event concluded with the announcement of the Essay Contest winners. The winners were:

Iago – overall school winner:  Allison Jedlicka
7th Grade winner:  Roxanne Pittman
6th Grade winner:  Justin Ray Morin

El Campo – overall school winner:  Mark Ortiz
8th Grade winner:  Wendy C. Cruz
7th Grade winner:  Elyssa Smith

Louise – overall school winner:  Shelbie Hendrix
7th Grade winner:  Walter Lilie





East Bernard  – overall school winner:  Maddison Saihz

6th Grade winner:  Hannah Chumchal

7th Grade winner:  Claudia Zapalac


Wharton – overall school winner:  Libby Olson

6th Grade winner:  Duncan Hawk

7th Grade winner:  Sarah Stransky

8th Grade winner:  Lauren Lathon


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