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Fairfax High Students Compete in National Science Fair

Three Fairfax High School Students Attend Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles

After winning at the 59th annual Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair, three Fairfax High School students attended the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Los Angeles in May.

Matthew Nguyen, a junior at FHS won an individual grand prize in Chemistry for “Analysis of Lead Leaching by Cholrine/Chloramines” and Cara Golias and Trisha Deshmukh, both sophomores won team grand prize in Microbiology for “Color in Tattoo Ink; Reverse Mutations in E. coli”.

The Intel ISEF, a program of Society for Science and the Public, is the world’s largest internationl pre-college science competition where more than 1,700 high school students from over 70 countries showcase independent research and compete for almost $5 million awards in 17 categories. Each year about 1,000 science, engineering and industry professionals serve as judges for the competition.

Although she did not return with an award, Trisha Deshmukh said it was a very successful trip. “We were able to communicate with students from all across the world, learn about each other’s’ projects and became pen-pals,” said Deshmukh. “We were judged by college professors from all over the United States. We came home with brand new ideas and a new outlook on science. Personally, I would love to continue more research on our topic these next two years of high school and return to Intel ISEF.”

In his welcoming letter to participants, Justin Rattner, president of the Intel Foundation said, “As you go on to pursue your dreams in higher education and professional careers, I hope that you will recall a few gems of wisdom from this unique occasion”.

Fiver other FHS students won at the Regional Science Fair in Fairfax County but did not go to Los Angeles for the Intel Fair.

Juniors Dayna Erdmann and Lavanya Kannan, first place for “Fueling the Future with Algae” in the Energy and Transportation category.
Juniors Eric Carlson and Shrinath Desai, first place for “Tumeric’s Effect on Copper Ions in Alzheimer” for Chemistry.
Senior Vivek Vadlamudi, first place for “Oils From Antquity as Antimicrobial Cures” in Microbiology.

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