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Two Ardsley High School Students Win Regional Science Competition

Ardsley High School students and Westchester Science and Engineering Fair grand prize winners Vivek Hariharan and Kruti Sutaria. Photo Credit: Contributed
Members of the Ardsley High School Science Research Program. Photo Credit: Contributed

ARDSLEY, N.Y. – Two Ardsley High School students were named grand prize winners when the Ardsley High School Science Research Program participated in the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair (WESEF).

Prize winners were Vivek Hariharan and Kruti Sutaria, who showcased research with 550 students from 35 school districts from Westchester and Putnam. Awards were granted at the March 12 fair to the top 12 overall individual scoring projects and the top three team projects.

The award includes an all-expenses paid trip to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, Arizona.

Hariharan will travel to Intel ISEF to present his research “Exploring the Role of ω-Amidase as a Repair Enzyme for Hydroxyglutaramate and Hydroxysuccinamate.” Sutaria and her partner from Yorktown High School, Anisha Duvvi, will also present their research “The Molecular Basis of the Transdifferentiation of Embryonic Chick Limb Chondrogenic Precursors into a Beige Fate.” Both students conducted their research at New York Medical College.

Hariharan and Sutaria will be two of only 18 students representing the region and competing with 1,600 students from all around the world in what is considered to be the “Olympics of Science Fairs.”

Other students from the Ardsley Science Research program also presented their work and received awards for outstanding research: Jad Chaar, second place (computer science), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award; Christopher Florez, third place (behavior science); Zachary Gold, third place (health and medicine); Rachel Goldman, American Psychological Association Award; Emily Lakic, fourth place (environmental science); Philip Lee, fourth place (engineering) Lakshmi Mahajan, ASU Watson Sustainability Solutions Initiative Award and Stockholm Junior Water Prize (environmental science); Anirudh Murthy, third place (cell and molecular biology); Ronin Sharma, third place (computational biology and bioinformatics); Jainil Sutaria, ASM Materials Education Foundation Award (engineering), and the team won first place in cell and molecular biology.

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