Presidio Rocketeers

Janet Nieto, Ana Karen Nieto, and Gwynelle Condino represented the Presidio High School Rocketry Team at the White House Science Fair in February 2012. The girls, like all students who compete in the Team America Rocketry Challenge, learn engineering design principles by drafting, building, testing, refining, and resting model rockets that can precisely meet flight specifications. Students strengthen their skills in English, as well as science and math, by writing research proposals. Presidio, Texas, a border town of less than 5,000, supports their students, 100 percent of whom are eligible for free lunch, by patronizing bake sales, potluck fundraisers, and a yearly goat raffle to help the team pay for their supplies and competition travel costs.

President Barack Obama hosts the second White House Science Fair celebrating the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. The President viewed the work of Presidio, Texas, students Janet Nieto and Ana Karen, of Presidio High School's Rocketry Team, and 7th grade student Gwynelle Condino, of Lucy Franco Middle School, in the Red Room of the White House, Feb. 7, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Barack Obama hosts the second White House Science Fair celebrating the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. The President viewed the work of Presidio, Texas, students Janet Nieto and Ana Karen, of Presidio High School’s Rocketry Team, and 7th grade student Gwynelle Condino, of Lucy Franco Middle School, in the Red Room of the White House, Feb. 7, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)