The Science Engineering Fair of Houston fair brings together over 1,500 students and projects from 150 schools recognizing outstanding effort and excellence in the areas of scientific research. This year’s fair was held at the George R. Brown Convention Center from March 1 to 3 with 300 professionals in the community volunteering as judges. Hightower High School continued its winning streak with 8 out of 15 projects earning recognition
Among the Senior Division, Neerja Aggarwal, 12th grade, who won the Senior Physical Science Grand Prize directly qualifying her for the 2012 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh this May along with 1st place in Chemistry qualifying her for the 2012 Exxon Mobil Texas Science & Engineering Fair (TSEF) in San Antonio and 6 special awards including the first ever Larry Spears Special Award. Shreya Mandal, 10th grade, placed 2nd in Engineering also qualifying her for TSEF, won 4 special awards, and was invited to attend the International Sustainable World Project Olympiad (ISWEEEP) in Houston this May. Krisha Desai, 10th grade, won 3rd place in Energy & Transportation, 1 special award, and was also invited to ISWEEEP. Shawn Aakash Jacob, 10th grade, placed 3rd in Physics and won 3 special awards. And, Ruhika Roy, 10th grade, also won 1 special award. Other participants included: Elizabeth Zhu, Ali Hosseini, and Umar Siddiqui.
In the Ninth Grade Division, Mariya Fatakdawala won 2nd place in Energy & Transportation and 2 special awards. Diya Salian won 2nd place in Botany/Plant Science. Victoria Holmes received honorable mention in Behavioral/Social Science. Other participants included: Kalki Kathiravan, Manisha Vunnam, Alwin Alias, Allison Holmes, Anishya Idicula, Zahra Sadruddin, and Jessica Thomas.
Kudos to John Glenn Ramon, the Hightower science fair coordinator who won the Teacher of the Year award in Ninth Grade Division last year, and the rest of HHS Science Department for continuing to support advancement and creativity in their students.