Four students take WSGC science & engineering fair awards

Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium awarded four book scholarships to outstanding high school seniors competing in the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair.

In the engineering category, Anjani Patel of Duvall took first place for her study of bioremediation, which is the use of micro-organism metabolism to remove pollutants. “Cleaning Up Various Oil Spills Using Bioremediation” focused on the application of two naturally-occurring organisms to the problem. She has also been selected to represent Washington state in the National Stockholm Junior Water Prize Competition and the National Genius Olympiad Competition this summer.

Sumukh Bharadwaj of Olympia was awarded second place with his 3D modelling and wind tunnel test of a new design for a supersonic aircraft wing. The project looked to reduce the “boom” and make the aircraft more efficient at subsonic speeds. His experiment was tested at wind tunnels at the University of Washington and the Museum of Flight.

In the science category Sarah Berumen of Sunnyside took first place for her project titled “Bacterialcidal Behavior and the Effects of Nanoparticles in the Environment.” Her experiment sought to measure the impact of silver nanoparticles such as those used in toothbrushes and socks for their antibacterial properties once they migrate out of the products into the environment. Madison Warnke of Mill Creek was awarded second place for her work measuring the impact of music on individual’s ability to absorb and retain information.

First place winners each received a $200 book scholarship to use when they enter college next fall. Second place winners each received a $100 book scholarship.

This year 550 Washington students from grade school to high school competed in the event. The top winners will advance to national and international competition.

2013 WSSEF Space Grant winners
Anjani Patel, first place winner of the WSGC Engineering Award (left), and Sarah Berumen, first place winner of the WSGC Science Award (right). All images by Steve Zugschwerdt, Kitsap Sun. For the news story and photo gallery, see


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