Science Fair Displays Loudoun Students’ Prowess

The talents of some of Loudoun County’s brightest students were showcased last week at the 37th annual Loudoun County Public Schools Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

Students’ projects were judged by industry experts, who visited Riverside High School last Thursday to critique and assess hundreds of entries. Students won awards in 22 categories, that covered areas such as animal science, biomedical engineering, robotics, mathematics, computational biology and bioinformatics.

In addition to the best projects in each category receiving awards, four students earned the event’s top honors, the Intel Finalist Awards. Rock Ridge High School student Gwyneth Schloer won for her mathematically accurate, double-axis microgravity simulator. Loudoun County High School student William Peterson on for developing a computer-aided system for the classification of breast lesions. Lucy Greenman, a student at Potomac Falls High School and the Academy of Science won for her project that maximizes GSH synthesis to fight oxidative stress and prevent pre-mature births. And Broad Run High School student Marissa Sumathipala won for her project, Next Generation Drug Discovery: A Novel in Silico Network-Based Approach to miRNA Drug.

The four students will represent Loudoun County at the International Science and Engineering Fair May 13-18 in Pittsburgh.

Several other awards and scholarships were handed out at the science fair. Among them were the Willowcroft Science Scholarship Teacher Award, that went to Broad Run High School’s Terrence Vale; the Willowcroft Science Scholarship, which was awarded to Sumathipala; the Anthony Colosi Memorial Scholarship, which went to Heritage High School student Nicholas Bartholomew; the Anthony Colosi Memorial Teacher Award, which was given to Heritage High School’s Jodie Bland; and the Rehau Sustainable Loudoun Environmental Sustainability Award, which went to four students: Heritage High School and C.S. Monroe Technology Center student Jovia Ho and Loudoun County High School student Jon Huddleston. Honorable mention for the Rehau award went to Isha Bhangui and Medhini Sosale, who both attend Briar Woods High School and Academy of Science.

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