Three Monterey County Science Students Compete and Win at International Fair

Monterey County Shines at International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. 

Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

Three Monterey County Science Students Compete and Win at International Fair

Three Monterey County Science Students Compete and Win at International Fair

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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


Los Angeles, Calif. – Three top Monterey County science students attended the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair this week in Los Angeles and are heading home with special awards and recognitions. These students had Monterey County’s three top projects at the 2017 Monterey County Science & Engineering Fair. After a week of learning, networking and fun with scientists from around the globe, the students were recognized as follows:

  • Monterey County Grand Prize Winner Megan Tang, an 11th grade student from York School won a Second Place Earth and Environmental Sciences Award (and $1500) for her project, “Using Dropsonde Descending Speed to Determine Vertical Velocity in a Hurricane.”
  • Monterey County First Runner-Up Kaden Agha, an 11th grade student from York School won a Third Place Plant Sciences Award (and $1000) for his project, “Investigation of the Disparity between the Number of Tamalia spp. Galls per Cubic Meter on Arbutus unedo and Arctostaphylos spp.” Kaden and his project also received an Innovative Merit Recognition from Monsanto Company.
  • Monterey County Second Runner-Up Rohan Bhushan, an 11th grade student Monterey High School also attended with his project, “Phototactic Analysis of the Effects of the Chemorepellent Nitrate on Taxis-Based Vertical Column Orientation in Flagellates.”

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. Winners from Intel ISEF 2017 were announced on May 18 and 19 and can be found on the SocietyForScience website.

Each year, approximately 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for on average $4 million in prizes. Millions of students worldwide compete each year in local and school-sponsored science fairs; the winners of these events go on to participate in Society-affiliated regional and state fairs from which the best win the opportunity to attend Intel ISEF. Intel ISEF unites these top young scientific minds, showcasing their talents on an international stage, where doctoral level scientists review and judge their work. 

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.


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