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Gustomski, Derry win in science

By John Derry Bandera High School

Pictured: Courtesy photo
Sam Gustomski and John Derry made a big splash with their water projects at the Alamo Regional Academy of Science and Engineering Fair at St. Mary's University earlier this month.

Bandera High School juniors Sam Gustomski and John Derry, participated in the Alamo Regional Academy of Science and Engineering fair at St. Mary's University on March 3 and both came home winners.
Gustomski was Division Champion in behavioral and social sciences and qualified for the Blue Ribbon Round in Fair III Derry was Division Champion in environmental sciences and qualified for the Blue Ribbon Round in Fair III where he placed fourth Grand Overall. Fair III encompasses all high school science projects in behavioral and social sciences, botany, environmental sciences, and zoology.
Derry was also a winner of the Stockholm Water Prize, a $100 cash prize for the best project in water, as well as receiving an $8,000 scholarship. Both students' projects focused on water.
Gustomski's project focused on the effects of drought on agribusiness in Bandera County and Derry's project used a model self-sustaining aquaponic system to determine the effects of bacterial bioremediation through recycled mediums.
Both competed at the Exxon Mobil Texas Sciences and Engineering Fair in San Antonio March 20-24 where they represented Bandera against 1,000 of Texas' top science fair competitors.
At that event, Gustomski won the Stockholm Water Prize and a scholarship to Texas Tech University. Derry was fourth in the Environmental Management Division and was invited to the Governor's Science and Technology Champions Academy at the University of Houston.
"Both young men did a fantastic job representing Bandera," said sponsor and BHS agriculture teacher, Michael Derry. Both juniors will compete at the Texas State FFA science fair competition in Fort Worth in July.