Left to right: Aniruddh Mandalapu, William Du, Kelly Zhang, Patti Carothers, ACSEF director, Winnie Chen, Jessika Baral, Mahima Chillakanti, Moniyka Sachar and Alice Chu
Local schools are recognizing the work of eight students who participated in the Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair (ACSEF) in March and advanced to the California State Science Fair last week.
The students competed with close to 1,000 students who had winning projects in their own county or regional fairs from all over California.
Only one place award (1st through 4th) is given out per category making the chance of winning one of these awards exceptional. Only 24 special recognition awards are available to all participants.
Six out of the eight students representing Alameda County received awards. Winners were:
Jessika Baral, 7th grader from Hopkins (William) Junior High in Fremont, won first place in the Junior Division of Mammalian Biology for her project titled A Novel Way to Strengthen Eye Muscles and Enhance Peripheral Vision.
Winnie Chen, 8th grader from Sunol Glen School in Sunol, won first place in the Junior Division of Product Science (Physical) for her project titled Lead in Makeup.
Mahima S. Chilakanti, 6th grader from Challenger School in Newark, won fourth place in the Junior Division of Applied Mechanics & Structures for her project titled Tension on Knee Joint and Quadriceps Muscle.
Moniyka Sachar, 11th grader from Irvington High School in Fremont, won second place in the Senior Division of Plant Science for her project titled DNA-Binding Protein in Xcv Bacteria Alters Plant bHLH Gene to Promote Pathogen Growth during Infection: A Genetic Study. Moniyka also was awarded a $1,000 Agricultural Award from the California Association of Pest Control Advisors who recognized the future application of her project to the agricultural business.
Kelly X. Zhang, 11th grader from The College Preparatory School in Oakland, received Honorable Mention in the Senior Division of Biochemistry/Molecular Biology for her project titled Fluorescent Imaging for Nano-Detection (FIND) of Cancer Cells.
Other participants included Aniruddh Mandalapu, 6th grader from Challenger School in Union City; William Du, 11th grader from Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland; and Alice Chu, 11th grader from Mission San Jose High School in Fremont.