A Richland High School student recently took a top prize at an international science competition.
Sophomore Swetha Shutthanandan, 16, won a gold medal in the science category at the GENIUS International Olympiad in New York, a release said. Her project, "Next Generation Supercapacitors for Ultra Fast Energy Harvesting," also won a silver medal and a third-place award at two other competitions earlier this year.
The Olympiad is an international high school project competition focused on environmental issues. She qualified for the competition after taking a Gold Medal Grand Prize at this year's Washington State Science Fair.
Swetha attended similar competitions last year after taking top honors at regional and state science fair competitions for a project based on an alternative solar cell technology.