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Daniel Island 6th-grader wins top project award at Lowcountry science fair

Published Friday, April 13, 2018

Summer del Valle

Pictured above, from left to right, are Summer del Valle with her awards and with her project on how quickly French fries decompose. (Provided)

Best in the Lowcountry – it’s what Daniel Island School 6th-grader Summer del Valle can say about a recent science project.

For all the lovers and haters of French fries, Summer went deep in the fryer to take a look at how quickly the food decomposes. She used fried goodies from major fast food chains in her research.

For her work, Summer received first place in the project category for her grade division in the Lowcountry Regional Science and Engineering Fair recently held at the College of Charleston.   

She also finished in second place overall for her grade level and was one of five Lowcountry students to earn a Broadcom Masters Award. Her selection for the award qualifies her for an opportunity to compete in the Broadcom Masters National competition. 

"Summer is such a dedicated, thoughtful student with a strong work ethic," said her science teacher, Ms. Maggie Carmain. "I am so proud of her accomplishments in the classroom and with the science fair and look forward to what she produces in the future."

Summer is the first DIS student to be selected to apply for the Broadcom MASTERS Award.

Also representing Daniel Island School in the Lowcountry Regional Science Fair were 7th-grader Gus Musmanno, 8th-grader Trinity Hubler and 8th-grader Rily Duttera.


** Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars), is the premier science and engineering competition for middle school students. Society affiliated science fairs around the country nominate the top 10 percent of 6th, 7th and 8th grade participants to enter the competition.

Brian Troutman