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Prep Student Advances to International Science and Engineering Fair

William Boyd '24 (far right) won the Kaufman-Thomas Award at Prep's STEAM & Service Fair and will advance to the International Science and Engineering Fair in May.

 

Prep students made their mark at this year’s LA County Science and Engineering Fair that was held on March 16 and 17, with the following projects winning awards: 

  • William Boyd ’24: 1st place-Animal Biology and the U.S. Airforce Science Award 
  • Matthew Wang ’23: 3rd place-Animal Biology 
  • Ryan Ginn ’24: 1st place-Animal Physiology 
  • Rachel DeMerit '23: 3rd place-Engineering Research 
  • Ellie Choi '24: 2nd place-Plant Biology & Physiology 
  • David Gomez-Novy '24 and Aaron Chao '24: Honorable Mention-Plant Biology and Physiology 
  • Kevin Martinez '24: Honorable Mention-Plant Biology and Physiology 
  • Kelly Tsao '24, Matthew Lavichant '24, and Kazuma Hakushi '24: South Bay Business Environmental Coalition Award for Innovation in Sustainability 

Four Prep projects advanced to the virtual California Science & Engineering Fair on April 12.

William Boyd will be attending the International Science and Engineering Fair in Atlanta, GA from May 7-13. His project is one of only seven selected to advance to the international fair for his research into whether jellyfish can smell! Ryan Ginn is one of two alternates. 

Boyd’s been conducting his research project titled Can Jellyfish Smell? Aurelia aurita Exhibit a Pulse Response to Food Stimuli out of Prep’s Jellyfish Research Lab, also known as the Jelly Lab. Multiple students, including Matt Wang '23, Ginn, and Mia Walker-Moore '24 earned LA County Science and Engineering Fair awards and recognition for their work in the lab. Read more about the Jelly Lab in our recent PrepTalk magazine.

The full list of awards and recognitions can be found on the Fair’s website.