2017 Science and Engineering Fair Results

Top student science projects advance to state, international events. 

Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

2017 Science and Engineering Fair Results

2017 Science and Engineering Fair Results

Monday, Mar 13, 2017

Contact: Jessica Hull / Communications and Public Relations Officer 831.784.4245 (o), 209.679.4858 (c)


Seaside, Calif. – The judges at the 2017 Monterey County Science & Engineering Fair had a difficult job this weekend, as they reviewed 331 projects and interviewed 501 student scientists from public and private schools across the county.

The three-day event concluded Sunday with the presentation of awards to top projects in such fields as Applied Mechanics, Material Science, Aerodynamics and Plant Biology.

The top three Senior Division projects will advance to compete in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair to be held in Los Angeles May 14 - 18. They are:

  • Grand Prize Winner: Megan Tang, 11th grade, York School, “Using Dropsonde Descending Speed to Determine Vertical Velocity in a Hurricane”
  • First Runner-Up: Kaden Agha, 11th grade, York School, “Investigation of the Disparity between the Number of Tamalia spp. Galls per Cubic Meter on Arbutus unedo and Arctostaphylos spp.”
  • Second Runner-Up: Rohan Bhushan, 11th grade, Monterey High School, “Phototactic Analysis of the Effects of the Chemorepellent Nitrate on Taxis-Based Vertical Column Orientation in Flagellates”

Twenty-eight (28) top projects across the Junior (grades 6-8) and Senior (grades 9-12) Divisions qualified for the twenty-two (22) spots available to Monterey County to participate in the California State Science Fair, April 24 and 25 in Los Angeles. The qualifying students listed in alphabetical order are:

  • Kaden Agha, York School
  • Miriam Ahamed/Andrew Vizdaya, International School of Monterey
  • Rebecca Almader, Bay View Academy
  • Rohan Bhushan, Monterey High School
  • Adam Chaabane, All Saints Day School
  • Jeffrey Chin, Jonathan Wasson, Salinas High School
  • Graciela Cosentino, All Saints Day School
  • Dominic Criscitiello/Ashley Grace Leith, International School of Monterey
  • Omid Daliri/Ivor Myers, All Saints Day School
  • James Dodson/Jason Kahn, International School of Monterey
  • Mia Dostal, International School of Monterey
  • McKenna Goodson, York School
  • Michael Julian, San Carlos School
  • Rio Lauer, International School of Monterey
  • Elizabeth Lindholm, Carmel Middle School
  • Analisa More, San Benancio Middle School
  • Camryn More, Salinas High School
  • Joelle Mundo, All Saints Day School
  • Prashant Naidu, Salinas High School
  • Pierce Nelso/Angelo Giangiori, All Saints Day School
  • Anjo Pagdanganan/Matthew Sanchez, Washington Middle School
  • Marco Pizarrro, Salinas High School
  • Alice Romano, San Carlos School
  • Kurrun Sethi, International School of Monterey
  • Megan Tang, York School
  • Nathan Warfield, Bay View Academy
  • Ella Wedderburn, Bay View Academy
  • Tristan Williams , Salinas High School

The Monterey County Science & Engineering Fair is a collaborative effort affiliated with the Society for Science & the Public that is sponsored by the Monterey County Office of Education, the Naval Postgraduate School, California State University Monterey Bay, and many community partners.

View photos from the Science and Engineering Fair weekend by visiting our Google Photo Album here

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