Results from the 2016 Science and Engineering Fair.  

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Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Nancy Kotowski, County Superintendent of Schools

  1. Three Monterey County Science Students Compete and Win at International Fair

    Tue May 23, 2017
  2. A Year of Learning Adds Up for Monterey County Students

    Thu May 11, 2017
  3. Very Special Field Day for Very Special Students

    Wed May 10, 2017
  4. Head Start 2017-18 Enrollment Now Open

    Thu Apr 20, 2017
  5. Monterey County Graduation and Dropout Rates Outpace State

    Tue Apr 11, 2017

Top Student Science Projects Advance to State and International Events

Contact: Jessica Hull / Communications and Public Relations Officer  831.784.4245 (o), 209.679.4858 (c)
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Top Student Science Projects Advance to State, International Events

Seaside, Calif. – The judges at the 2016 Monterey County Science & Engineering Fair had a difficult job this weekend, as they reviewed 346 projects and interviewed 493 student scientists from public and private schools across the county.

The three-day event concluded Sunday with the presentation of awards to top projects in such fields as Applied Mechanics, Material Science, Aerodynamics and Plant Biology.

The top three Senior Division projects will advance to compete in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair to be held in Phoenix, Arizona May 8 - 13. They are:

  • 1st Camryn More, Salinas High School, “Cold vs Allergy: The Use of Nasal Cytology to Determine if High School Students Can Predict Their Own Diagnosis”
  • 2nd  Christopher Paghasian, York School, “Does Silica Depletion Affect the Growth and Domoic Acid Production of Pseudo-Nitzchia Australis?”
  • 3rd  Edhel Mari Joseph and Nahomy Pinedo, Salinas High School, “Sweet Potato Whitefly Infestation in the Agricultural Industry: Examining the Effect of Fertilizer Nitrogen on Whitefly Fecundity”

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 23 and 24 in Los Angeles.  The names of the advancing students are listed in alphabetical order:

  • Rong Bao, Robert Louis Stevenson Upper School
  • Ricardo Beltran, Salinas High School
  • Nick Batterman, York School
  • Milan Brennan, Salinas High School
  • Josefina Camacho, All Saints Episcopal Day
  • Jona Victoria Cruz, York School
  • Grace Deakyne and LiMei Louis, All Saints Episcopal Day
  • Katherine Dean and Dilan Patel, Carmel Middle School
  • Linett Garcia, York School
  • Fatima Gasmelseed, International School of Monterey
  • Edhel Marie Joseph and Nahomy Pinedo, Salinas High School
  • Lizbeth Kuruvilla and Joseph Kuruvilla, San Benancio Middle School
  • Seth Madden and Gabrielle Nannie, International School of Monterey
  • Pascale Montgomery, Carmel Middle School
  • Evan Patel, Carmel Middle School
  • Henry Mason, Trinity Christian High School
  • Gabriel Lipow, Salinas High School
  • Leslie Macias, Salinas High School
  • Camryn More, Salinas High School
  • Christopher Paghasian, York School
  • Rohan Sethi and Justin Vu, York School
  • Ana Torres and Arien Valencia, Alisal High School

In the event any of the students above cannot attend, alternates are also selected to participate in the California State Science Fair. The names of the alternate students are listed in alphabetical order:

  • Cyrus Amalan and Michael Rose, International School of Monterey
  • Vinni Jacobs, Carmel Middle School
  • Carson Oliver, International School of Monterey
  • Alex Raskoff and Marco Rovell, International School of Monterey
  • Carver Tunnell, International School of Monterey

The Monterey County Science & Engineering Fair is a collaborative effort affiliated with the Society for Science & the Public that is sponsored by the Monterey County Office of Education, the Naval Postgraduate School, California State University Monterey Bay, and many community partners.

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