Two students from Santa Monica schools finished in the top three places at the 58th Annual Los Angeles County Science Fair at the Los Angeles Convention Center last month.

Crossroads School seventh- grader Dylan Ochoa earned a second-place medal in the Materials Science category with his project titled “It’s Getting Cold: Testing Heat Retention Capabilities of Cloth, Paper and Sand.”

The Crossroads School eighth-grade team composed of Adam Goldman and Cameron Fuller also received a second-place medal with their project “How the Material of Skateboard Bushings Affects a Board’s Turning Performance” in the Engineering Applications category. Jana Wiener is the students’ science teacher at Crossroads Middle School.

St. Monica High School junior Apollo Nestoras finished in third place in the chemistry category at the science fair with his project titled “Minimizing Surface Tension of Water.” James Vieceli, Jr. is Nestoras’s science teacher.

The Los Angeles County Science Fair is believed to be the oldest and longest running regional science fair in the nation. Out of approximately 1,000 Los Angeles County student participants, 135 award winners are selected to compete in the California State Science Fair, scheduled Monday and Tuesday, May 19th and 20th, at the California Science Center.

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