By John Schaffner

Garden Hills Elementary School fifth-graders Joseph Mazzarelli and Kevin Hardnett studied what the savings would be if school bus routes were more efficient.

Their project, entitled “Moveable Miles,” was one of three first-place winners in the math division in the school’s annual Academic Science Fair.

The two students explained to judges that the savings could be 62 billion car miles per year nationally, with fuel savings of $6 billion. They found that $1,906.40 could be saved on each bus route at each school locally.

More than 30 students participated in the two competitions—math and science—which were judged Nov. 24 by members of the Buckhead Business Association through the organization’s Educational Alliance, chaired by Jill Heineck, president of Heineck & Company.

Each entry was judged on the display board and log book of necessary components, creativity and knowledge in presenting the subject, scientific thought, thoroughness in carrying out the project and oral presentation to the judges.

The two other first-place winners in the math were “Locked & Coded” by fifth-graders Cade Lawson and David Clever, and “Parking Pandemonium” by fifth-grader Ricci Valldejuli.

Valldejuli also was a first-place winner in the science competition with an entry entitled “Foundation Frenzy.”

Other first-place winners in the science competition were fifth-graders Cade Lawson for “Safe or Sorry,” David Clever for “Shockingly Electrifying,” Paul Tuemlar for “Reaction Rampage,” Emily Martin for “Food on Fire,” Kelsey Kilby for “Toying with Cats,” Mullin Underwood for “Juicy Fruit” and Faye Clever for “Warm Up Cool Down.”

Fourth-grade first-place winners in the science competition were Mitch Gerding and Osaze Tisdale for “Shocking Liquids,” Chayton Mowery and Damaris Zamudio for “I See! You See! We All See Differently!” and Nicholas Delporte for “Plants Need.”