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Local students honored at Georgia Science and Engineering Fair

Special to Fayette County News 

The list of winners at the 74th Georgia Science and Engineering Fair was filled with students from Fayette County.

Roshan Kolachina of McIntosh High was the senior division award winner for the Best Integration of Social & Physical Natural Science Award and the Georgia Aquarium Conservation Award for the project “Sustainable Eating to Save Our Planet.”

Harsh Singh of McIntosh High was the senior division award winner for the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers Best Use of Engineering Skills Award for the project “Converting ASL to Audio via Mobile App.”

Emily White of McIntosh High was one of three winners of a GENIUS Olympiad recommendation for the project “Sustainable Habitats for Crassostrea Virginica.” She was also the winner of the Impact Award, Senior Division Best in Category – Environmental Engineering, winner of the National Geographic Society “That’s Geography! – Cultivating Empathy for the Earth” Award, a Senior Division Top 10 Grand Award winner, and honorable mention for the Georgia Aquarium Conservation Award. White was also nominated for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize Regional Award.

McIntosh’s Kolachina and White were the two winners of the NASA Earth System Science Award.

Whitewater High’s Cayden Shaffer was Senior Division Best in Category – Engineering Mechanics for the project “Designing and Fabricating a Vortex Aerospace Rocket Engine,” and he also earned a Senior Division Top 10 Grand Award. His work also earned the Pinnacle Award, the award given to the top project in the state.

For the Young Inventor’s Award, Shaffer was the 2nd alternate with McIntosh High’s Sophia Farinacci as an honorable mention.

Fayette County High’s Nathaly Rangel-Gonzalez, Jesna Thomas, and Alyssa Reed, along with McIntosh’s White and Whitewater’s Shaffer advance to the Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair.

J.C. Booth Middle’s Muriel Chan was named Junior Division Best in Category – Chemistry for the project “Effect of Zingibain on Pork, Beef, and Chicken.”

Whitewater High’s Bella Higman placed 4th in Plant Sciences, and Kylie Nelson earned Honorable Mention for Biomedical & Health Sciences.

By Michael Cuneo

Michael Cuneo is a news and sports reporter for the Fayette County News. Michael graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Journalism in 2020. In his off time, Michael enjoys torturing himself as an Atlanta Falcons fan. Follow Michael on twitter @michaelcune