October 13 2016

That's a Big Tomato! Science Center Announces Plant Growing Contest Winners


Burlington elementary school students got a chance to test their green thumbs this year in a friendly competition. 


The Burlington Public Schools Science Center announced the winners of its bi-annual growing contest which this year featured a favorite for salads, pizza and Italian food lovers: the tomato. 


According to a blog post by the Science Center, every other year they hold a growing contest for students in grades K-5. Every student receives a plant which the kids take home to be grown in their own garden. 


This year students were provided with tomato plants and tried their best to help them grow to the largest size possible. Every student who entered the contest received an “Honorable Gardener” certificate and a science goody bag prize.


Check out the top three finishers below. 




The first Place Winner is Chloe Liljegren from 3rd Grade at Francis Wyman School! Her tomato weighed in at 1 lb. 14.4 oz. Chloe grew her tomato with help from her grandfather, “Papa Charlie.” What a great bonding experience through the generations. (courtesy photo) 



Second Place Winner is Rowan Gilligan from 1st Grade at Pine Glen School! His tomato weighed in at 1 lb. 10.3 oz. (Courtesy photo) 




Third Place Winner is Emma Cerasoli from 5th Grade at Francis Wyman School!  Her tomato weighed in at 1 lb. 2.6 oz. The 3 winners received an award plaque and a bunch of science prizes. (courtesy photo). 






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