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.
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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.