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Twenty-three students receive county science fair accolades

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For Lower and Upper school students, this year’s Broward County Science Fair was jam-packed with awards and accolades. The event, which took place at the Westfield Broward Mall, began with setup Feb. 9 and wrapped up with a public viewing Feb. 11.

First place winners will advance to the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair in Lakeland, Fla., which will take place Mar. 28-30. In addition to placing at the competition, four students were recognized by private organizations including the Bright Star Credit Union, Yale University and the American Psychological Association.

According to Mrs. Leya Joykutty, the Science Fair Coordinator, there were “some very happy students and some very sad ones.”

In the weeks leading up to the state competition, students will continue to refine their projects and prepare to compete at the next level.

“I’ve been doing science fair since sixth grade, but I still look forward to competing in the county fair. Every year I have the opportunity to receive input from professionals in my field on how to better my project. I’m really excited to move on to the state fair with so many of my friends, and I know that it will be a truly formative experience,” said first place winner and junior Nithya Kasarla.


1st Place

Stefan Abi-Karam (Yale Science and Engineering Award recipient)

Suganth Kannan

Nithya Kasarla

Trishala Kumar

Emily Pallack

Rajat Ramesh

Padmavathi Reddy (PASCO award)

Antares Tobelem

Daniela Velez

Lauren Waldman

Gauri Kasarla (BrightStar Credit Union Award recipient)

Alejandra Abramson

Benjamin Abi-Rafeh

Andrew Simon


2nd Place

Sara Kaufman (BrightStar Credit Union Award recipient)


3rd Place

Mikhal Ben Joseph

Hemangi Rajpal

Yulene Oyarbide

Rohan Kumar


4th Place

Satya Alagarsamy

Alba Minxha

Charlie Sanford


5th Place

Vanessa Pipitone


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