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Rocklin Academy students earn awards

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Two Rocklin Academy students, Kevin Chang, 11, and Shaurya Grover, 10, recently earned outstanding regional awards for excellence in science and mathematics. Chang, a sixth grader, participated in the Sacramento Regional Science and Engineering Fair on March 19 at Rosemont High School in Sacramento. Judges awarded Chang first place in the Powerhouse Science Center Award and third place in the junior division under Energy and Transportation with his winning project titled, “Solar Up!” Chang measured which direction produced the most energy on solar panels and used the information to build a solar-powered backhoe vehicle to further test his hypothesis. The Powerhouse Science Center Award includes a $50 gift certificate to the Museum Store, one-year family membership to the Discovery Science Museum and an invitation for Chang to display his project at the museum. SRSEF encourages and rewards independent science and engineering excellence among middle and high school students in nine Northern California counties. Shaurya Grover, a fifth grader, competed in the Elementary Sacramento Area Competitions in Mathematics on March 12th at Winston Churchill Middle School in Carmichael. Grover earned top place with the highest individual math scores for fifth grade. Grover also placed fourth in number sense, and was a semi-finalist in the head-to-head countdown for top student overall. Rocklin Academy’s math team, “Rocklin Academy Mathletes,” qualified to compete in the May Math Leagues Competition and includes Grover, Charley Holmes, Kristen Smyth and Cameron Ahyaee. ~Staff report