Westside Middle School ‘most successful’ at CT Science & Engineering Fair


Eight of 10 projects submitted by Westside Middle School Academy students at the Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair held last week at Quinnipiac University were selected as finalists, making it the most successful middle school in the state competition.

WSMSA seventh- and eighth-grade students placed as follows:

Sarah Johnson and Angeli Joseph placed second in both Life Sciences Team and Biotechnology; Ben Laham placed 5th in the Urban School Challenge; Nick Raslavsky was a finalist in both Life Sciences and Environmental Sciences as well as winning as special award from Turnkey Environmental; Sanjana Shririm placed 2nd in the Physical Science for the Petit Family Foundation Women in Science and Engineering and won multiple special awards; Gryffin Syme placed 3rd in Physical Science and won several special awards; Jeff Osborne placed 2nd in Physical Sciences, 3rd in Sustainable Resources, and 2nd in the Urban School Challenge.  Jeff was the highest placed 8th grade student in Urban School Challenge and won a trip to the Genius Olympiad this summer; and Lasya Josyula placed 1st in Life Sciences, 1st place in Biotechnology, 2nd in the Life Science for the Petit Family Foundation Women in Science and Engineering 2nd Place in Sustainable Resources, and 1st Place in the Urban School Challenge.  Lasya was the highest placed 7th grade student in Urban School Challenge and won a week at Ocean Camp.

In total, the students won more than $5,000 in awards, both checks and trips.

Sarah, Angjeli, Lasya, Jeff, and Griffyn all received invitations to compete in the Broadcom Masters for a potential trip to Washington, D.C. and up to a $50,000 college scholarship.  The Broadcom Masters is the middle school equivalent to the Intel (formerly Westinghouse) Science Talent Search.

Submitted by Danbury, CT

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