Science & Engineering Fair Results

The annual Monterey County Science & Engineering Fair is turning into something of a family affair.  

Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

Science & Engineering Fair Results

Science & Engineering Fair Results

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015

For Immediate Release



Contact: Barry Brown / Communications and Public Relations Officer

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Top Student Science Projects Advance to State, International Events; Salinas High Student Wins Top Honor 3 Years Straight Years

Results from the Monterey County Science & Engineering Fair


Salinas, CA – The judges at the 2015 Monterey County Science & Engineering Fair had a difficult job this weekend, as they reviewed 330 projects and interviewed nearly 500 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.

 “I want to congratulate each and every one of you for completing your scientific endeavor,” said Dr. Nancy Kotowski, County Superintendent of Schools. “The scientific method you used here is the same process you will apply as you move forward, exploring questions and seeking answers in other areas of your life.”

The top three Senior Division projects will advance to participate in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair, to be held in Pittsburgh, PA in May. 

  • 1st Kapil Sinha, Salinas High School, for his Plant Biology project: Characterization and Utility of Resistance Sources against Resistance-Breaking Rhizomania in Sugar Beet.
  • 2nd Rohan Bhushan, Monterey High School, for his Environmental Science project: Gravitactic Effects of Copper Pollution on Glucose Metabolism in Euglena gracilis.
  • 3rd Chaitra Subbarao, Salinas High School, for her Biochemistry/Molecular Biology project: Molecular Detection of Spinach Downy Mildew before Symptom Appearance.

It was a familiar first place finish for the Sinha family. Kapil also took top honors at the 2014 Science Fair, and teamed with his sister, Aradhana, to win top project in 2013. Aradhana was top finisher in 2012.

Twenty-two (22) top projects across the Junior (grades 6-8) and Senior (grades 9-12) Divisions will advance to participate in the California State Science Fair, May 18 and 19 in Los Angeles. The names of the advancing students are listed in alphabetical order:


  • Isabella Allen, All Saints’ Day School
  • Finn Barry, York School
  • Nick Batterman, York School
  • Rohan Bhushan, Monterey High School
  • John Chapman Caddell, Stevenson School
  • Grace Davis, All Saints’ Day School
  • Fletcher Gaucher, International School of Monterey
  • Caitlyn Giannini, All Saints’ Day School
  • Kyle Groves, Salinas High School
  • Gabriella Gutierrez, San Carlos School
  • Jack Hayes, Carmel Middle School
  • Edhel Marie Joseph, Salinas High School
  • Magnus Lauer, International School of Monterey
  • Molly Mancina, All Saints’ Day School
  • Riley Mann, International School of Monterey
  • Trinity Mobley, International School of Monterey
  • Danya Novak, International School of Monterey
  • Tyler Onciano, International School of Monterey
  • Cherrie Mae Paghasian, International School of Monterey
  • Nahomy Pinedo, Salinas High School
  • Madeleine Powley, Salinas High School
  • Maya Pruthi, All Saints’ Day School
  • Rohan Sethi, International School of Monterey
  • Kapil Sinha, Salinas High School
  • Chaitra Subbarao, Salinas High School
  • Eve Wharton, International School of Monterey
  • Kyle Worcester-Moore, York School


Science fairs distinguish up and coming scientists who demonstrate 21st-century skills such as critical thinking, communication and collaboration, discipline, and project management. 

The Monterey County Science and Engineering Fair is presented by The Monterey County Office of Education, The Naval Postgraduate School, California State University Monterey Bay, Taylor Farms, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), Chevron, Monterey Technologies, Inc., Blach Construction, Growers Express,, American Supply, The Naval Postgraduate School Foundation, and The William McCaskey Chapman and Adaline Dinsmore Chapman Foundation.