April 17, 2024


El Chicano, Colton Courier, Rialto Record

Rialto USD Students Shine Bright at SIMSEF Awards

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Pictured from left to right: Ted Alejandre, San Bernardino County Superintent of Schools, Juanita Chan-Roden, RUSD Agent of Science and Career Programs, Aidan Lim, Carter High School student, Jabel Cervantes, Jehue Middle School, Jonathan Arevalo, Carter High School, Ollie Grace Rodrigues, Eisenhower High School, Autumn Covington, Carter High School, Mark Rivas, Eisenhower High School, John Phillip Yu, Garcia Elementary School, Dr. Robin McIver-Brown, Director with San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Serena Straka, Program Manager at SBCSS.

The science whizzes from Rialto Unified School District have once again proved their mettle at the San Bernardino, Inyo, and Mono Counties Science and Engineering Fair (SIMSEF). On March 14, the district’s students showcased their talent and science skills, earning a slew of awards across various categories.

RUSD students, ranging from elementary to secondary levels, stacked up admirably against some of the top science students in the area. The performance in the annual science fair was highlighted by several students earning a Silver Medal in the competition. John Philip Yu and Jennifer Velasco from Garcia Elementary School, Leilani Martinez, from Bemis Elementary School, and Mark Rivas and Ollie Grace Rodrigues from Eisenhower High School all earned Silver in the competition.

Additionally, several RUSD students also captured a Bronze Medal. Fitzgerald Elementary School’s Amelia Ortiz, Jard Garibay, and Renata Garcia were joined by Jahaira Maldonado, Rialto High School, and Carter High School students Jonathan Arevalo, Autumn Covington, and Aidan Lim as Bronze Medal winners.

These students’ achievements underscore their academic prowess, curiosity, and dedication to scientific exploration, Juanita Chan-Roden, RUSD Agent of Science and Career Programs, stated.

“We are so excited to celebrate the achievements of Rialto USD’s student scientists and engineers,” Chan-Roden said. “Rialto had a strong presence at the SIMSEF Awards ceremony and it reinforced that Rialto students are exceptional, not just in Rialto, but in the region. We are so proud of our scholars and their academic excellence!”

These students’ achievements underscore their academic prowess, curiosity, and dedication to scientific exploration.

Please read below for a full list of award winners from the SIMSEF Awards.

Elementary Division Winners
Silver Medal
John Philip Yu, Garcia Elementary School
Jennifer Velasco, Garcia Elementary School
Bemis Elementary School: Leilani Martinez

Bronze Medal
Amelia Ortiz, Jard Garibay, Renata Garcia, Fitzgerald Elementary School

Secondary Division Winners
Category: Biomedical and Health Sciences
Nala Herrada Dominguez, Rialto Middle School

Natalia Jimenez and Frida Martinez, Kolb Middle School

Category: Biomedical Engineering
Ollie Grace Rodrigues, Eisenhower Senior High

Natalie Iraheta, Rialto High School

Category: Chemistry
Jabel Cervantes, Jehue Middle School

Category: Engineering Technology: Statics and Dynamics
Mark Rivas, Eisenhower High School

Jonathan Arevalo, Autumn Covington, Aidan Lim, Carter High School

Category: Environmental Engineering
Emiliano Ruvalcaba, Rialto Middle School

Category: Mathematics
Jahaira Maldonado, Rialto High School

Joseph Ramirez, Kolb Middle School

Category: Physics and Astronomy
Mauricio Barron, Kolb Middle School


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