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Four students win Science Fest honors

FOUR STUDENTS from the GGUSD won honors at the recent Science Fest. Staff from district and Endologix honor the first place science fair winners and scholarship recipients. (GGUSD photo).

Four Garden Grove Unified School District students were presented with college scholarship funds awarded by Endologix, a medical equipment manufacturer, which hosted the Science Fest Showcase and scholarship presentation on Tuesday at the company’s headquarters in Irvine.  The idea for the Science Fest Showcase originated from a unique partnership with GGUSD, Endologix, the United Way of Orange County, and the Boys and Girls Club of Garden Grove.

Bell Intermediate School students Carissa Do and Madisyn Corrales as well as Fitz Intermediate School student Honey Morales and Jordan Intermediate School student Elvis Nguyen earned scholarships, gift cards, and certificates for placing first in science fairs held at their schools.

During the showcase, students highlighted their science projects to family members and Endologix staff.  Second and third place science fair winners received gift cards and certificates.  Endologix also awarded funds to each school’s science department.

The partnership created after-school programs for students at Bell, Fitz, and Jordan intermediate schools to develop science projects and conduct experiments. Students were also given the opportunity to tour Endologix Worldwide Headquarters in Irvine to observe product creation, experiments conducted in labs, and interact with professional engineers.


This year’s Spring Festival in Westminster will take on an anniversary tone as it observes the 60th anniversary of the incorporation of the city in 1957. The event will be held on Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Civic Center (Westminster Boulevard and All American Way, east of Beach Boulevard).

The event will include a Monster Mural and youth art display, as well as workshops hosted by the local Home Depot, public works equipment, a pancake breakfast and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

Westminster was founded in 1870 but did not become a city officially until the Fifties. Originally named Tri-City – for the planned union of Westminster, Barber City and Midway City – it reverted to Westminster when Midway City residents opted out. That area remains an unincorporated county island.


Like to text or phone while driving your auto? Don’t do it, but especially don’t do it through April, as that’s been designated National Distracted Driver Awareness Month

Police in Garden Grove and Huntington Beach will be among those law enforcement agencies deploying additional traffic officers throughout the areas with higher volumes of traffic. Violators will be stopped and cited with a $162 fine for first offense. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,477 people were killed and 391,000 injured in crashes related to distracted driving in 2015. That’s a 9 percent increase over 2014.


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