Southern Oaks Students Sweep STEM Fair Awards


Southern Oaks Middle School made an impressive showing at the district science fair in January 2023. The school sent 16 participants to the district science fair, but one student showed accomplishment that far exceeded the others. Ramses Antunez Rivers won first place in the category of environmental engineering. This extraordinary seventh-grade student also won the right to enter the Florida State STEM Fair in April in Orlando. In addition to winning the first-place prize, Ramses also won several special awards of which some had monetary value. The special awards included; the HCA Lawnwood Regional Medical Center Award and $50, the Publix Good Science Award and $25, the Savvas Science Award and $50, and The Ricoh USA award.

It is important to note that Ramses won his award speaking through district-provided interpreters since Ramses speaks fluent Portuguese. He built his science fair project, which was a Solar Panel that produced 12 volts of electricity, out of wood and old CD discs. His idea was to make use of items that would normally be thrown out. His uncle provided aid with studying and building the project.

Other honorable mentions from Southern Oaks include Haylee Scrima for 2nd place in the engineering category. Haylee also won the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations “Taking the pulse of the planet” award. Anyely Roque Perera won 3rd place in engineering, and Skylar Tierney won 3rd place in earth and environmental science.

Southern Oaks Middle School eighth-grade science teacher and science fair coordinator, Mrs. Rose Diller, commented, “I am beside myself with pride in Southern Oaks Middle School’s representation at the Regional STEM Fair for St. Lucie Public Schools! I could not have dreamed of such outstanding results!”


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