The 60's were an ideal time to be a science teacher. Our
society was totally focused on science and money became
available for equipment, supplies and programs. Students
flooded science classes and producing science projects
became popular.

We held our first city-wide science fair in the spring of
1958 and continued them on an annual basis until 1968
when the regional science fair in Amarillo was canceled.

According to the rules of the national science fair, only the
top two students from each region are allowed to advance
to the national fair. In all, Pampa sent ten students to a
national fair. In four different years both of the students
advancing to the national fair from our region were Pampa
High students.

I attribute our success to the fact that our teachers coop-
erated. The elementary teachers who were science oriented
helped those who were not and as a result the youngsters
had excellent training and good science project experience
prior to reaching high school. In fact, many from our el-
ementary schools won prizes at the regional fairs.

The science faculty at high school was also capable and
interested. Wendell Watson, biology teacher, accompanied
students to national fairs as did Ferry Sikes, math teacher.

From 1961 through 1970 I served on the International
Science Fair Advisory Council.

This chart summarizes the Pampa High School participa-
tion In the national science fairs from 1957 - 1968.

YEAR           STUDENT            PLACE                FAIR SITE
1957        Malcolm Brown, Jr.      Finalist                  Los Angeles, CA
  1959      Robert Jernigan           Fourth               Hartford, CT
  1960      Joe Bourland               Second              Indianapolis, IN
              Gene Shelhamer           Finalist
1961      Gene Shelhamer           Finalist              Kansas City, MO
1962          Harold Burgess       Finalist              Seattle, WA
1963          Cynthia Plaster       Finalist              Albuquerque, NM
1964              Cynthia Plaster       Finalist          Baltimore, MD
              Avril Doucette           Fourth
1965      Avril Doucette           Finalist              St. Louis, MO
              Kent Clark                Finalist
1967       Jim Brown                Finalist              San Francisco, CA
              William Schumacher  Finalist
Most of the above went on to outstanding careers in the
field of science. Their status as of 1990 is as follows.

Dr. Brown is at the University of Texas at Austin where he
occupies the Johnson & Johnson Centennial Chair in Plant
Cell Biology. He has established an International reputa-
tion for his cellulose research, He holds several patents, is
the author of three books and more than 100 articles.
A few of his honors include: the Darbaker prize in Phycol-
ogy for meritorious study of fresh water algae; the Lamb
Award, presented annually by the University of Nebraska
to an outstanding American botanist; and the Anselme
Payen Award, presented by the Cellulose, Paper and Tex-
tile division of the American Chemical Society.

Dr. Jernigan is the deputy chief of the Laboratory of Math-
ematical Biology in the National Cancer Institute of the
National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Man-
aging a laboratory such as this is a multi-million dollar
per year operation,
His basic research is in the field of molecular biology and
his laboratory has one of the only super computers in the
world dedicated to biomedical research.
Dr, Jernigan's work has attracted international attention,
He was invited to China in 1989 where he was given hon-
orary membership in the Chinese Biophysical Society -
the first one ever granted.

Dr. Bourland and three of his colleagues founded the
Hildenbrand Biomedical Center at Purdue University in
West Lafayette, Indiana, in 1974. He is the coordinator of
biomedical engineering at the Center.
In the mid 70's Bourland's research group developed a
defibrillator to investigate cardiac defibrillation. This led
to the production of the world's smallest deflbrillator which
can be implanted in the human body.
Bourland has the responsibility for managing the patents
for the Center and in 1986 they sold one patent for a sum
which exceeded the cumulative income received by the
University for all royalties on books published and for pat-
ents and technology they lease.

After receiving her master of business administration de-
gree from the University of California at Berkeley, Ms,
Branch accepted a position with the Bank of America in
San Francisco, California. She eventually became project
manager for the $3.7 million project for a float system.
There she discovered and corrected a huge imbalance in
funds which saved the bank some $2 million annually, As
a result she received the Bank of America Award for "Ideas
in Action" and a check for $5,000.
Later, she and Pamela Clayton established the C+B Inte-
rior Construction Company. This company was so suc-
cessful that their first year's contract volume landed them
a spot on the San Francisco Business Times list of top
Bay Area Contractors.

Dr, Shelhamer has been a practicing dentist in Stamford,
Texas, since 1969, He is past president of the 17th Dis-
trict Dental Society and has served on the Board of Direc-
tors of the Texas Dental Association. His family was hon-
ored as "Family of the Year" in 1987 and he is active in
community affairs.

Mr. Burgess is employed by Koch Oil Company as systems
manager of the data acquisition computer program. Prior
to being promoted to this position, he had the responsibil-
ity for the justification, design and start-up of a refinery
sulfur plant that became capable of removing some 15-20
tons of sulfur from the atmosphere annually.
Despite heavy company duties, Burgess has been
presented with community service awards on three occa-

Clark is the only one of the national science fair winners
to have remained in Pampa. He received a B. S. degree
from what was then West Texas State University, He taught
math and science in several high schools for a time before
turning his talents to the computer business,
He has worked with local firms to install computer pro-
grams to fit their individual needs and is quite successful
in this business.

Dr. Rush entered the medical field and has been a practic-
ing family doctor in the Dallas area for a number of years.

After earning a master's degree in electrical engineering
from Texas Tech University, Brown worked for Texas · In-
struments in Dallas for a time. He was a design automa-
tion specialist. For the past several years he has been with
Johnson Controls in Carrollton, Texas.
Currently, he is the chief design engineer in Johnson's
product development department.


Unfortunately, I have lost contact with Bill, but I do know
that he completed a college degree at West Texas.


TROY MILLER - the head custodian of the Pampa Inde-
pendent School District. District. He always did much
extra work to see that the fair site was exactly as I
wanted it.

WILLIE MAE MANGOLD - as chairman of the jun-
ior high science department she encouraged students to
do projects and supported the fairs in every way.

PEGGY·DANIEL - a creativejunior high teacher who
contributed time and suggestions.

MARY KEIM - a part of the junior high crew.

MRS. A. W. SKEWES - one of our most talented el-
ementary science teachers who contributed much to all
the fairs.

Without the work and interest of these dedicated and co-
operative individuals we could not have produced the qual-
Ity students and projects that brought such great honor
to the Pampa schools, As the science fair coordinator for
ten years I will always be deeply appreciative of this group
and to so many whom I have not been able to name indi-


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