CORONA—St. Edward School sixth grader Nicholas Perez followed his strong regional showing in science fair competition with great results at the California State Science Fair held at the California Science Center in Los Angeles April 28-29. His project “Polymer:  The Ultimate Barrier to Fire and Smoke,” had captured a gold medal in the junior division at the RIMS Inland Science & Engineering Fair. 

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SAN JACINTO—St. Hyacinth Academy sent three science projects to the 32nd annual RIMS Science Fair in San Bernadino County April 1-2 and all three received medals for their acheivements. Fifth grader Jazmine Hernandez received silver for her project “Homemade Wind Turnbines” in the Elementary Division. Seventh Grader Matthew Howell received silver for his project “Going Bananas with Ethylene Gas” and Seventh Grader Andres Gonzalez received Gold for his project “School Milk: Carton or Plastic.“ Both Howell and Gonzalez participated in the Junior Division. Andres will go on to the State Competition in May in Los Angeles.

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By Andres Rivera
Staff Writer

SAN BERNARDINO—The Diocesan Ministry with Youth Office is organizing a pilgrimage for Coordinators of Youth Ministry to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and surrounding destinations in Mexico June 5-9. 

The pilgrimage will serve as a retreat or time of spiritual renewal for the Coordinators. 

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CLAREMONT—St. Jeanne de Lestonnac School in Temecula is one of the top five middle school debate teams in the country, following their recent finish at the Middle School Debate National Championships in Claremont, CA. 

 The national tournament was held April 26 at Claremont McKenna College. It was open only to top-qualified teams from each of the 15 middle school debate leagues around the country. Approximately 255 debaters on 85 teams participated, arriving from as far away as New York, New Jersey, and Washington D.C. 

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PALM DESERT—Seventeen Girl Scout Cadettes from Troop #1650, based at Sacred Heart School in Palm Desert, recently completed the work of planning, constructing and planting a sustainable garden at the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission (CVRM) in Indio. 

Each girl spent more than 50 hours on the project, which they called “The Harvest for Health.”

Eighteen months ago the girls decided to build the garden so the people at CVRM would have a continual healthy supply of fruits and vegetables in their backyard. The effort was part of the girls’ Silver Award project.

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Science and the study of God’s many creations

By Mary Pettitt
Science Coordinator, St. Adelaide Academy

HIGHLAND—Science has been an important part of my entire life. 

 I was the child bringing home injured animals or watching birds and lizards in my backyard. I was the grade school student writing extra credit reports on science topics. I was the high school student anxious to get to biology or chemistry class, for the experiments.

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