Nearly 500 students submitted individual or team projects for this year’s competition  

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Dr. Nancy Kotowski, County Superintendent of Schools

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Science and Engineering Fair 

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The annual Monterey County Science & Engineering Fair is turning into something of a family affair for the Sinha family of Salinas. Kapil Sinha, a junior at Salinas High School, took top honors at this year’s competition. He also won in 2014, and combined with his sister, Aradhana, to win in 2013. Aradhana, by the way, had the top project in 2012.

Nearly 500 students submitted individual or team projects for this year’s competition, held March 13-15, at California State University Monterey Bay. Judges conducted interviews and reviews of every project before announcing their top finishers.

The top three Senior Division projects will advance to participate in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair, to be held in Pittsburgh, PA in May:
• 1st Kapil Sinha, Salinas High School, for his Plant Biology project: Characterization and Utility of Resistance Sources against Resistance-Breaking Rhizomania in Sugar Beet.
• 2nd Rohan Bhushan, Monterey High School, for his Environmental Science project: Gravitactic Effects of Copper Pollution on Glucose Metabolism in Euglena gracilis.
• 3rd Chaitra Subbarao, Salinas High School, for her Biochemistry/Molecular Biology project: Molecular Detection of Spinach Downy Mildew before Symptom Appearance.

Twenty-two (22) top projects across the Junior (grades 6-8) and Senior (grades 9-12) Divisions will advance to participate in the California State Science Fair, May 18 and 19 in Los Angeles. The names of the advancing students are listed in alphabetical order:
• Isabella Allen, All Saints’ Day School
• Finn Barry, York School
• Nick Batterman, York School
• Rohan Bhushan, Monterey High School
• John Chapman Caddell, Stevenson School
• Grace Davis, All Saints’ Day School
• Fletcher Gaucher, International School of Monterey
• Caitlyn Giannini, All Saints’ Day School
• Kyle Groves, Salinas High School
• Gabriella Gutierrez, San Carlos School
• Jack Hayes, Carmel Middle School
• Edhel Marie Joseph, Salinas High School
• Magnus Lauer, International School of Monterey
• Molly Mancina, All Saints’ Day School
• Riley Mann, International School of Monterey
• Trinity Mobley, International School of Monterey
• Danya Novak, International School of Monterey
• Tyler Onciano, International School of Monterey
• Cherrie Mae Paghasian, International School of Monterey
• Nahomy Pinedo, Salinas High School
• Madeleine Powley, Salinas High School
• Maya Pruthi, All Saints’ Day School
• Rohan Sethi, International School of Monterey
• Kapil Sinha, Salinas High School
• Chaitra Subbarao, Salinas High School
• Eve Wharton, International School of Monterey
• Kyle Worcester-Moore, York School

The Monterey County Science and Engineering Fair is presented by The Monterey County Office of Education, The Naval Postgraduate School, California State University Monterey Bay, Taylor Farms, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), Chevron, Monterey Technologies, Inc., Blach Construction, Growers Express, DBDriven.net, American Supply, The Naval Postgraduate School Foundation, and The William McCaskey Chapman and Adaline Dinsmore Chapman Foundation.