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Westside Middle School Scores Successes At State Science & Engineering Fair

Westside Middle School Academy students enjoyed success at the Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair.
Westside Middle School Academy students enjoyed success at the Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair. Photo Credit: Contributed

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

Westside Middle School Academy 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 fifth 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 second in the Physical Science for the Petit Family Foundation Women in Science and Engineering and won multiple special awards.
  • Gryffin Syme placed third in Physical Science and won several special awards.
  • Jeff Osborne placed second in Physical Sciences, third in Sustainable Resources and second in the Urban School Challenge. He was the highest placed eighth grade student in Urban School Challenge and won a trip to the Genius Olympiad this summer.
  • Lasya Josyula placed first in Life Sciences, first place in Biotechnology, second in the Life Science for the Petit Family Foundation Women in Science and Engineering, second in Sustainable Resources and first in the Urban School Challenge. Lasya was the highest placed seventh grade student in Urban School Challenge and won a week at Ocean Camp.

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

Johnson, Joseph, Josyula, Osborne and Syme 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.

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