Four local students bound for international science fair

32 others qualify for state science fair in May

Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:05 p.m.

Thirty-two Alachua County students will head to Lakeland in April for the state science and engineering fair, and another four students have also qualified for the international fair in May.

About 250 students vied for those spots during the Alachua Region Science and Engineering Fair last week. The winners were announced during an awards ceremony at Lincoln Middle School on Monday night.

"I'm so proud of our winning students and all the students who participated in the fair," Interim Superintendent Hershel Lyons wrote in a statement. "Just to make it to the regional fair is a major accomplishment, and I know our students will represent this district very well in the state and international fairs."

Junior Meenakshi Bose and sophomores Christopher Fregly and Brandon Kim from Eastside High, along with sophomore Sanika Subhash from Buchholz High will travel to Los Angeles in May to participate in the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, where they'll compete against 1,600 other students from 70 countries.

This will be Bose's second trip to the international fair. She qualified again with her continuing research into the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease: "Nicotine and Genistein as Novel Therapeutic Agents for Alzheimer's Disease."

Eastside students Fregly and Kim collaborated on a project called "Optimizing Astronaut Squat Exercise on the International Space Station," and Subhash topped the engineering category with "Coquina and the Castillo de San Marcos: The Mystery Behind the Oldest Fort in the United States."

Bose and Subhash also took home Best in Show awards in the high school division at the regional fair.

Best in Show for the middle school division went to Lincoln Middle sixth-grader Brindha Rathinasabapathi for her project titled "Arsenic in Rice: Can Rinsing Rice in Water Reduce Arsenic?" and Howard Bishop Middle seventh-grader Talar Terzian, with "Churn It Up: Off-the-Grid Laundry Agitators."

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