News: Barstow Marines judge, challenge, interact
Story by Lance Cpl. Samuel Ranney
BARSTOW, Calif. - Several Marines from Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, Calif., helped judge the annual Barstow Unified School District’s Science Fair, Feb. 19, at Barstow Community College.
Colonel Michael L. Scalise, commanding officer of MCLB Barstow, and Sgt. Maj. Karl D. Simburger, base sergeant major, along with Gunnery Sgt. Dustin Hamilton, Staff Sgt. Frank Kovach, Cpls. William Kirk, and Joshua Houck, Sgt. Julio Acevedo, and Pfc. Victor Menriquez, all spent several hours critiquing projects.
The science fair here has been going on for several years, explained Danielle King, coordinator with the school district. There were more than a hundred projects this year from students between third and 12th grade. The Marines went through every age group.
“The (students) really enjoy interacting with the Marines,” she added. “The event went really well.”
King further explained that it’s great for the students to be able to show off what they have learned. Sharing their accomplishments with people who work outside of the school district help keep their interest in science.
“The (science fair) went well, I liked having the Marines judge the projects,” said Malik Snobar, 13, of Barstow Junior High School.
The Marines also enjoyed judging the projects, interacting with the students and observing what they have been learning, explained Acevedo.
“I really liked the oral presentations the students gave,” Acevedo added. “It gave us a chance to hear about the work (they put into their projects) … I hope to do this (judge) again in the future.”
After judging high school students down to third grade students, the Marines got together with other judges to come up with a final score.
Aside from the Marines, judges included members from the Barstow Police Department, the Chamber of Commerce, and many local organizations.
The amount of Marines who came out this year was great. Events like this really help grab students’ attention and keep them interested in science, said King.
“I hope they can return next year,” she concluded.