March 25, 2014
ExxonMobil Science and Engineering Fair  

Nine Granbury ISD students from Crossland Ninth Grade Center, Acton Middle School, and Granbury Middle School competed at the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair held March 20-23, 2014, at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio.

The state science fair was hosted by the University of Texas at San Antonio. Competing in junior and senior divisions, students advanced by being selected as the grand prize winner or placing first, second, or third in one of twelve regional fairs held throughout the state.

Competing from Granbury were:

Division 1 (Grades 9-12):

  • Kaylee Brawner – “The Effects of Solar Energy Concentration on Photovoltaic Panel Efficiency”
  • Liesl Krone – “Stay Home or Go Global – Local Versus Imported Fruit?”
Division 2 (Grades 6-8):
  • Benjamin Lillagore – “Let in Grow! Let it Grow! Let it Grow!”
  • Jack Miller – “Puzzle Solving Algorithms”
  • Eileen Parker and Kaitlyn Parker – “Rust Remedy”
  • Ranisha Pickett – “The Coded Dance”
  • Rayni Skaggs – “Roundup from the Roots Up!”
  • Lauren Wallace – “To Infinity and…: Investigating the Pioneer Anomaly”

“The ExxonMobil Foundation is committed to encouraging scientific exploration among the next generation of innovators,” said Suzanne McCarron, president of the ExxonMobil Foundation. “Our nation is fueled by innovation, and the fair helps inspire ingenuity and creativity of future scientists and engineers.”

“UTSA is proud to host this exceptional competition and its aspiring scientists, who continually amaze us with their outstanding projects,” said George Perry, dean of the UTSA College of Sciences. “For the past seven years, we have seen young inventors and scientists whose experiments have changed the way we live.” 

The students advanced to the state contest from the 63rd Fort Worth Regional Science Fair held in February at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Pictured above are (left to right) Liesl Krone, Lauren Wallace, Kaylee Brawner, Katelyn Parker, Eileen Parker, Benjamin Lillagore, Jack Miller, Rayni Skaggs, and Ranisha Pickett.