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BUSINESS NEWS Science Fair T Rock the Mock R he Annual Citywide Science Fair is an opportunity for students from all Morgan Hill schools (public, charter, and private) to show off their scientific prowess. Middle School and High School students are judged separately by a panel of scientifically-minded judges. Student projects vary widely and explore interesting subjects, from botany to chemistry and more. Students can compete alone or in teams of two, to come up with amazing projects! The Morgan Hill Science Fair was founded by Marilyn Librers. She continues to co-chair the project, along with Marty Cheek, Publisher of Morgan Hill Life. Encouraging Scientific Literacy is tremendously important in the modern world, and we are glad to be part of that effort. ock the Mock is an annual Morgan Hill event which prepares high school students for the task of interviewing for jobs, college admissions and scholarships. In earlier years we did this event onsite at Specialized Bicycle Components, but in recent years we have been bringing the program into the schools so that we can reach 500 or more students instead of being limited to the 200 students we could accommodate previously. Specialized continues to be a great supporter of this event. The half day begins with an inspirational speech from a local professional telling the story of how they went from being a high school student to where they are today. After that, students break into four groups which then rotate between four quick skill-building sessions. One session is about preparing for the interview by becoming knowledgeable about the company or organization, another session covers using your wardrobe effectively, the third session is a practice interview with a seasoned hiring professional and the fourth uses a fun way for students to learn the ins and outs of a traditional handshake. After all these sessions the students gather for a final short thought provoking talk by another local professional. Rock the Mock Morgan Hill is going strong thanks to the positive feed- back of students, volunteers, teachers and administrators. We are also very excited that our neighbors in Gilroy are going into their second year implement- ing their own version of Rock the Mock through the efforts of the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce and the Gilroy Unified School District. GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016 77