Harker enjoyed another successful year at the Synopsys Science & Technology Championship, garnering numerous grand prizes and other top honors.
Upper school students were particularly successful in the physical science and engineering category. Cameron Jones, grade 9, received a first award in the category, as well as recognition for outstanding sustainability project, a third place award from A Society for Materials International, a second place certificate from the Society of Vacuum Coaters (SVC) and recognition from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Other first award winners in this category were Aditya Dhar, grade 11; Cindy Wang, grade 9; and Katherine Zhang, also grade 9.
Sophomores Maya Kumar and Anooshree Sengupta each won a second award in the same category, in addition to receiving a certificate of achievement from the Wireless Communications Alliance and recognition from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Derek Yen, grade 10, received a second award, and fellow sophomores Sumer Kohli and Neelesh Ramachandran received honorable mentions. Meanwhile, Karena Kong and Linus Li, both grade 10, received certificates of achievement from the American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin.
In the RRI (Registered Research Institution, denoting projects from students who worked under professional mentors) physical science and engineering category, sophomore Amy Dunphy won a grand prize and a first award, as well as a first place award from the American Chemical Society. Juniors Rishab Gargeya and Manan Shah each won a grand prize and a first award, as well as a $1,000 Muddu Family Entrepreneurial and Startup Award and a certificate of achievement from the American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin. Sneha Bhetanabhotla, grade 11, received an honorable mention.
Upper school students also did extremely well in the biological science and engineering category. First award winners were Emily Chen and Shreyas Chandrashekaran, both grade 10. Sophomore Rajiv Movva also did well, receiving a second award in the category, along with recognition from Morgan Lewis and IBM. Juniors Shasvat Jawahar and Raymond Xu also received second awards, while Trisha Dwivedi, Kshithija Mulam, Winnie Li and Joyce Zhao, all grade 11, and Shaya Zarkesh, grade 10, received honorable mentions.
In the RRI biological science and engineering category, seniors Jonathan Ma and Sadhika Malladi won grand prizes and first awards. Additional first awards went to junior Scott Song, sophomores Jerry Chen and Amy Jin, and freshmen Krish Kapadia and Anjay Saklecha. Junior Arjun Subramaniam received an honorable mention and a certificate of achievement from Varian Medical Systems.
Middle school students performed very well in the biological science and engineering category. Cynthia Chen, grade 8, was named a middle school finalist and received the Synopsys Outreach Foundation n+1 prize, as well as a first award and a nomination to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS competition. Fellow eighth graders Aarzu Gupta, Maya Shukla, Vibha Arramreddy, Sejal Krishnan, Allison Jia and Jasmine Wiese also received first awards and nominations to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS competition. Eileen Li, Catherine Zhao, Naveen Mirapuri and Rohan Sonecha, all grade 8, received second awards, while fellow eighth graders Grace Huang, Anika Tiwari, Henry Wiese, Rachel Broweleit and Jackie Yang earned honorable mentions.
In the physical science and engineering category, a second award was won by Jeffrey Kwan, grade 8, and honorable mentions went to Rakesh Nori and Montek Kalsi, both grade 8. Amla Rashingkar and Gloria Zhang, both grade 8, each received an honorable mentions and a certificate of achievement from the Society of Vacuum Coaters.