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Photo credit: Charles Weibel, Kentucky State University

Photo credit: Charles Weibel, Kentucky State University

The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Junior Academy of science was held on Saturday, April 16th, 2016, on the campus of Kentucky State University.
78 middle and high school students from 8 schools around Kentucky participated in the event.

Photos from the event and a list of winners can be found at
http://kyacademyofscience.net/junior‐academy/

GRAND PRIZE WINNERS

First Place – Sophie Lai
Second Place – J.P. Gahwyler
Third Place – Allison Tu

Physical and Mathematical Sciences
First Place – Sasank Vishnubhatla
Second Place – David Blincoe
Third Place – Will Drury

CATEGORY WINNERS

Middle School Group 1
First Place – Anisha Polimati
Second Place – Sanya Dronawat
Third Place – Pranav Senthilvel

Middle School Group 2
First Place – Shreeya Arora
Second Place – Ellie Hummel
Third Place – Mark Schrenger

Middle School Group 3
First Place – Pranav Kanmadikar
Second Place – Manya Tiwari
Third Place – Mina Ryumae

High School Behavioral and Social Science
First Place – J.P. Gahwyler
Second Place – Diya Mathur and Sophia Korner
Third Place – Emma Kronenberg

High School Biological Topics and Botany
Group 1
First Place – Lavanya Kanneganti
Second Place – Anuj Chhabra
Third Place – Agharnan Gandhi

High School Biological Topics and Botany
Group 2
First Place – Sophie Lai
Second Place – Camille Rougier
Third Place – Sanjana Kothari

High School Biological Topics and Botany
Group 3
First Place – Allison Tu
Second Place – Akanksha Gupta
Third Place – Annie Zhang

High School Chemistry
First Place – Matthew Raj
Second Place – Govind Krishna
Third Place – Eduardo Machado

High School Computer Science and
Mathematics Group 1
First Place – David Blincoe
Second Place – Vishal Polepalli, Mark Gomonuk and Prajwal
Vermireddy
Third Place – Joshua Ashley and Abraham Riedel‐Mishaan

High School Computer Science and
Mathematics Group 2
First Place – Sasank Vishnubhatla
Second Place – Henry Robbins
Third Place – Rishi Talati and Deev Talati

High School Engineering and Physics
First Place – Manasa Sunkara and Danielle Graves
Second Place – Joshua Jacob
Third Place – Mark Raj and Ruchira Sumanasekera

High School Environmental Science
First Place – Will Drury
Second Place – Emma Cammack
Third Place – Nivedha Loganathan

KAS would like to thank all of the judges who volunteered their time, and Kentucky State University and Dr. Bruce Griffis for hosting the meeting.

About the Kentucky Junior Academy of Science:

The Junior Academy was begun in the 1930’s to foster an interest in science for high school students in Kentucky. KJAS eventually expanded to include middle school students. The Junior Academy holds its scientific meeting each April.

Preliminary oral presentations (10 minutes) are conducted during the morning sessions. The winners of the high school morning sessions make presentations in the afternoon finalist sessions. Four overall winners are selected and these students represent Kentucky at the National American Junior Academies of Sciences (AJAS) meeting held in February the following year.

The AJAS convention meets in conjugation with NAAS, the National Association of Academies of Science, and AAAS, the American Association for the Advancement of Science. As the world’s largest general science organization and publisher of Science, AAAS has more than 138,000 members and 275 affiliated societies.

The Kentucky Junior Academy of Science is open to ANY middle or high school science student in the state of Kentucky. It offers middle‐ and high‐ school student scientists an opportunity to present their research project in the format of a 10 minute presentation with slides. This presentation may be based on research done and presented in a poster format for a science fair.