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R.A. Hall fourth-grader is science national champion
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R.A. Hall fourth-grader Julisa Castillo (center) is the 2010 national junior division champion for the National Science Fair. Her project, “Disproving Global Warming,” beat more than 50,000 other projects from students all over the nation. She is pictured with her father, J.R. Castillo (left), and R.A. Hall Principal Martina Villarreal.
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R.A. Hall Elementary School fourth-grader Julisa Castillo has been named junior division champion for the 2010 National Science Fair.

Her project, “Disproving Global Warming,” beat more than 50,000 other projects submitted by students from all over the U.S.

Julisa originally entered her project in her school science fair before sending it to the National Science Foundation (NSF) to be judged at the national level.

The NSF panel of judges included former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, 14 recipients of the President’s National Medal of Science, and four former astronauts.

“Before she sent it off, she just had to add more details, citations for her research, and the amount of hours she spent working on it,” said Julisa’s father, J.R. Castillo.

In addition to a plaque, trophy and medal, Julisa has won an all-expenses-paid trip to Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., which she plans to attend this summer.

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beeville4life
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June 24, 2010
all i have to say is how does he get the title DR jr castillo??? he said in a recent article that he was going to start finishing some classes this fall to complete his "MASTERS"... so how is he "DR" jr castillo if he doesnt even have a masters yet... just a thought... anyone????????????
aqeelplanner
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June 14, 2010
It is really a great effort by this little girl Julisa to beat other 50 contestant.

Look in this website to see some useful information: http://toponlineenglish.yolasite.com
condo2109
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June 11, 2010
Making stuff up to make your kid look good and to get your name in the paper........hmmmmmmmm great parenting.

I, for one, question the whole global warming thing. I agree with parts, but there is definitely a lot of research that discredit's it. This whole thing lies nowhere but in the house in which Castillo resides.
smiley1
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June 09, 2010
hi i was passing threw this.."WOW"

i would like to say all of you guys think waaaay to much; obviously none of yall are from beeville maybe you should mind yalls own....

....just saying.. find something else to do than sit behind a computer and comment back and forth maybe add eachother on facebook? idk pretty weird if you ask me.
Islander98
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June 09, 2010
Seems that if you follow the internet trails back - looks like a Marc Morano hoax.

I hope that Mr. Castillo contacts a lawyer. I'm sure Morano has deep enough pockets and should be pretty easy to trace this all back to him.

I'm sure there are plenty of lawyers that would take this case pro bono.
darmster
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June 08, 2010
Hi, Neutralobserver -

"Darmster definitely has a horse in this race. What could he be after?"

LOL :)

My horse's name is Old Betsy, and she's never failed me.

-

Warm Regards,

Doug

neutralobserver
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June 08, 2010
Darmster definitely has a horse in this race. What could he be after?
darmster
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June 08, 2010
Hi, Everyone -

Thanks for the responses!

"and why is the school the final authority anyhow?"

Who said the school was the "final authority"?

"they could be victims just as much as Julissa (although not necessarily her dad)"

Yes, they could. Now, what convincing evidence exists to support this concern?

Warm Regards,

Doug
jahigginbotham
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June 08, 2010
darmster

i've contacted the school and the teacher via email and gotten no response

and why is the school the final authority anyhow?

they could be victims just as much as Julissa (although not necessarily her dad)
Islander98
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June 08, 2010
ClimateLessons wrote on Tuesday, Jun 08 at 12:33 PM »

"I suspect climate alarmists are behind it, and that they have stooped to a new low in their attempts to discredit anyone daring to challenge the astonishing flood of global warming propaganda, even a talented young schoolgirl."

Climatelessons I think that someone like yourself - who has an agenda in getting people to question the science of global warming out there - is far more likely to be behind this. (If fact, the scan of the letter the young lady recieved was addressed from the "Directorate for Education" - being that you are from the U.K. - you may not be aware that we would not use that as a title here in the U.S.A - that sounds very much like it came from the U.K.)

If it was you, thank you for returning to the scene of the crime and I hope you are exposed.

Eitherway - whoever did this should be strung up.
darmster
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June 08, 2010
Hi, Everyone -

Here's my original query:

"Has anyone questioning the veracity of the posted story actually contacted the school at 361-362-6060?"

Here's a response to my query:

"Darmster is beginning to sound like one of Hellfire's alternate identities.

If you're so hot to get the school's response to this article, you should call them yourself. If you already have called them and received some bombshell information you should just post it here instead of encouraging people to distract school staff from their jobs."

What does this person's opinion of who or what my messages sound like have anything to do with the query? By what process of reasoning did this person come to the conclusion that I am "hot" to get a response from a school? And how do the statements relate to the query? Only the person making the statements knows.

Regarding me sharing information instead of encouraging distraction:

It is questionable what I say is true. It is empowering and priceless the truth you find.

Again, has anyone questioning the veracity of the posted story actually contacted the school at 361-362-6060?

Warm Regards,

Doug

PS

The school staff is already prepared for phone calls regarding this article, because the staff is aware of the article's publication. Your phone calls to them are expected and are no more a distraction than you scratching an itch on your head.
Islander98
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June 08, 2010
Check Tom Nelson's blog. He who was quick to report it has now confirmed on his blog that it is a hoax and that there is no National Science Fair.

I hope it is determined who exploited this young lady and it is made public and I also hope there is criminal investigation.

This really is sickening. I'm certain the promise of the Space Camp trip was bogus as well. These people should be shot.
darmster
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June 08, 2010
Hi, Everyone -

Here's my original query:

"Anyone call the school yet at 361-362-6060? Simple to do."

Here's a response to my query:

"What is the point of bothering school staff? There's nothing linking them to the possible hoax."

So, here is an individual who has come to the conclusion that contacting those who may have some knowledge about the event would be of no value to helping determine if the story is a hoax.

It is possible to come so such conclusion, if and only if the folks I'm suggesting ought to be contacted had no relationship whatsoever to those involved in the event in question.

However, we know that the father and daughter had a relationship with the school. The relationship was that the school taught the daughter a fourth grade education. Therefore, it is perfectly reasonable to assume that the staff would be able to confirm or deny the story in question simply because someone at the school had contact with the daughter.

Therefore, for an individual to reach the conclusion that conducting a phone call to said staff would be of no value is completely illogical and unreasonable.

So, again, the question is: has anyone questioning the veracity of the posted story actually contacted the school at 361-362-6060?

Warm Regards,

Doug
ecotretas
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June 08, 2010
While the prize can be a hoax, Julisa deserves the credit for putting Beeville on the map.

Seems that Beeville´s temperatures are interesting. You can check this out at

http://ecotretas.blogspot.com/2010/06/being-skeptic.html

Ecotretas
neutralobserver
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June 08, 2010
What is the point of bothering school staff? There's nothing linking them to the possible hoax.

darmster
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June 08, 2010
Anyone call the school yet at 361-362-6060? Simple to do.
jahigginbotham
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June 08, 2010
From elfeye at http://timpanogos.wordpress.com/2010/06/07/beeville-fourth-grader-disproves-global-warming/#comments

http://initforthegold.blogspot.com/2010/06/nsf-letter-fraudulent.html

http://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/ccoct/the_fake_science_fair_award_what_sort_of_person/
darmster
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June 08, 2010
For those of you who are skeptical, please call the school at 361-362-6060 and post your findings here.
Islander98
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June 08, 2010
It is very sad that these spinsters would take advantage of a young lady like this.

Julisa - don't be discouraged.

But a lesson for everybody else - it is SO easy to create a story and have it spread in this day and age, with little fact checking or investigation. Don't believe everything you read, just because you want it to be true.

As Winston Churchill once said, "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."