Stone Hill Student Gains 3M Discovery Recognition

Samvrit Rao, a sixth grader at Stone Hill Middle School, has placed in the top 20 state merit winners for Virginia in the 3M Young Scientist Challenge, a national contest sponsored by 3M and Discovery Education.

The challenge announced the winners Tuesday, and Rao “rose to the top” from hundreds of submissions to place among the top 20 state winners “thanks to his passion for science, spirit of innovation and effective communications skills,” according to a statement from 3M. Rao will receive a technology prize pack and recognition on the challenge website for his project, Just Soapz.

The challenge, which awards $25,000 to the national winner and a 3M Mentorship, “supports young innovators who have demonstrated a passion for science, the perseverance to see their creative discoveries unfold, and a desire to improve the world around us,” said Denise Rutherford, senior vice president of corporate affairs for 3M.

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