Richland students fare well at science fair

By the Herald staffApril 29, 2014 

Several Richland students earned top honors at a recent state science and engineering fair in Bremerton.

Swetha Shutthanandan, a Richland High School sophomore, earned first place as well as the gold medal, the highest prize at the Washington State Science & Engineering Fair, a release said. More than 500 students competed in the event.

Swetha is now eligible to attend the International Sustainable World Energy Engineering Environment Olympiad and the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair.

Two Hanford High School students, freshman Naveena Bontha and junior Shanta Katipamula, also took first-place finishes. Naveena is eligible for the Intel fair while Shanta may enter the GENIUS Olympiad, an international competition with an environmental focus.

The following students also placed first in their division: Richland High freshman Dan Avila and Viknesh Kasthuri; Hanford High freshman Sonali Matta; Delta High School freshman Sanjay Phillip; and Carmichael Middle School seventh-grader Christopher Kang.

Second-place finishers were Delta High sophomore Connor Gill; Richland High junior Argho Datta; and Enterprise Middle School sixth-graders Aarti and Akshut Sahai and seventh-grader Sai Kukkadapu.

Enterprise Middle School sixth-grader Arjun Sahai finished third.

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