top 300 students


School District of Indian River County, in partnership with The Education Foundation of Indian River County, is proud to announce that Lucero Long, 9th grader at Vero Beach High School, and Zachary Hessler, 8th grader at Gifford Middle School were selected as top 300 competitors in the 8th annual Broadcom Master National STEM Competition. Both students applied for this honor along with 2,537 other students, and were selected to be in an elite group of 300. The top 30 finalists will be announced September 18th.

"We are proud of the success realized by these remarkable young scholars,” said SDIRC School Board Chairman, Shawn Frost.  “This demonstrates what is possible when a district supports science with the help of partners such as The Education Foundation, who puts on the Regional Science Fair. This is an accomplishment worthy of acknowledging. Congratulations, to the students and all who supported them in this effort. We look forward to more of the same as the emphasis on STEM continues to bear fruit."

Vero Beach High School Principal, Shawn O’Keefe, added, “I am very proud of freshman Lucy Long for the recognition she has received after sharing her STEM project on the national scale. She has a bright future ahead of her!”

Melissa Sleeper, Zachary Hessler’s science teacher, said, "Zach is naturally inquisitive. His sense of wonder coupled with his strong work ethic, make him an outstanding science student. I am pleased he is getting recognition for all his hard work."

Cynthia Falardeau, Executive Director of The Education Foundation of Indian River County, stated, “Each of these students got the opportunity to apply through the Indian River Regional Science & Engineering Fair.  The process of completing a Broadcom MASTERS application is rigorous.  We want to thank all of our science fair sponsors for encouraging Zachary and Lucy to apply and to the Lazorik Family for providing an added incentive.  We are very proud of Zachary and Lucy!  We know they have the power to change the world!”


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