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Northeast Times | February 1, 2023

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E.A. Young Academy Students Win Recognitions at the 2014 Fort Worth Science and Engineering Fair

E.A. Young Academy Students Win Recognitions at the 2014 Fort Worth Science and Engineering Fair
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Sixteen sixth through eighth grade students from North Richland Hills’ EA Young Academy displayed their science fair projects at the 63rd Annual Fort Worth Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Monday, February 24 at UT Arlington’s College Park Center. Of the sixteen students from Young Academy, eleven won recognitions and over $1000 in prize money for their thirteen entries. This is an outstanding first showing from the fledgling private school, which is dedicated to gifted, talented and high-ability scholars, grades K-12.

Six students were selected for Best in Fair prizes, including Young’s Calleigh Johnson, who won second place overall (Best in Fair) for her project researching the mechanics of ear bud breakage, entitled “The Breaking Point.” Johnson won an all-expense-paid trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles in May. Only fifty students were invited to advance to the ExxonMobil Texas Science Fair on March 21 in San Antonio. Six of these students were from Young Academy! They will represent the Fort Worth Region as they present their projects and undergo another level of judging.

Other recognitions and special awards were received by seven Young Academy scholars. The awards are listed below.

Behavioral/Social Sciences
First Place: Avery Lyda “Bias vs. Our Brains”

Second Place: Audrey Horn “The Effects of an Animal’s Physical Characteristics on a Person’s Perspective”

Third Place: Riley Turner “Manga Momentum”

Third Place: Erin Gehle “Tarnish Remover!”

Mechanical/Electrical Engineering

First Place: Calleigh Johnson “The Breaking Point”


Third Place: Emily Baker “Electromagnetism’s Effect on Beta Decay Particle Tracks”


Calleigh Johnson – “The Breaking Point” Lockheed Martin – Second Place and Radio Shack – First Place

Shannon Fischer – “Dream Juice” Delbert E Lawry Award – First Place

Noah Ferguson – “Do Different Substances Change the Effectiveness of an EMP?” Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers – First Place

Audrey Horn, Calleigh Johnson, and Avery Lyda, all middle schoolers at EA Young Academy, were three of about 20 students invited to submit their projects to the Broadcom Masters Competition, a national science project contest. If selected, these young women will win a trip to Washington, DC and an opportunity to compete for a $25,000 prize.

The Fort Worth Regional Science and Engineering Fair (FWRSEF) is the oldest continually operating regional science and engineering fair in Texas, hosted students from ten Texas counties. Projects represented many scientific, mathematical and engineering categories. The Science Fair is an organization made up of community and business volunteers, who focus attention on science and promote the study of STEM subjects in middle and high school students.

This year, the fair drew almost 700 students presenting projects in seventeen categories. After presenting their projects and undergoing a judging process, which could last up to 90 minutes, students participated in on-campus activities and events, which were sponsored by the UT Arlington Office of University Recruitment, College of Science, College of Engineering, RadioShack and Lockheed Martin.

E.A. Young Academy is a K-12 not-for-profit private academy dedicated to gifted, talented, and high-ability scholars. The school is located at 8521 Davis Boulevard in North Richland Hills, Texas, near the intersection of Davis and North Tarrant Parkway. For more information on E.A. Young Academy, visit, email, or call 817.601.5336.