Valley Catholic Middle and High School students soared at the 2018 Intel Northwest Science Expo (NWSE), held on April 13 at Portland State University (PSU). Organizers reported that 650 students submitted 513 projects from 80 schools and organizations across the state. This was the first time since 2006 that both middle and high school students competed under the same roof in the new PSU Viking Pavilion.
In the high school division, five projects were chosen as Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) finalists. Valley Catholic senior Nandini Naidu (seen in the photo on the right) was among the finalists, honored for her project titled “Allosteric Inhibition of the Carbonic Anhydrase IX for Anticancer Applications.” She and the other finalists won an expenses-paid trip to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in May 2018, to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, organized by the Society for Science and the Public.
Valley Catholic High School was also represented by Abhi Rajendran, who earned honorable mention for his project, “Integral Analysis Using Various Summation Methods.”
Seven students represented Valley Catholic Middle School: sixth-graders Malaika Gomes, Maansi Singh and Jacob Strayer; seventh-grader Ben Wieser; and eighth-graders Kara Taylor, Dev Udata and Amanda Yee. Fifth-grader Shriya Myneni also took part in Intel NWSE.
Valley Catholic High School honors
- Intel ISEF finalist – Nandini Naidu – “Allosteric Inhibition of the Carbonic Anhydrase IX for Anticancer Applications.”
- Honorable mention – Abhi Rajendran – “Integral Analysis Using Various Summation Methods.”
Valley Catholic Middle School honors
- Chemistry – 1st place – Dev Udata – 8th grade
- Engineering: Mechanical – Honorable Mention- Maansi Singh and Jacob Strayer – 6th grade
- Mathematics and Computer Science – Honorable Mention – Ben Wieser – 7th grade
- Special Award: Outstanding Project in water quality- Dev Udata – 8th grade
- Special Award: Ricoh Sustainable Development Award – Dev Udata – 8th grade
- Special Award: 6th grade- Malaika Gomes – 6th grade
- Special Award: IEEE- Maansi Singh and Jacob Strayer – 6th grade
- Special Award: Tom Owen Award for Excellence in Statistics – Dev Udata – 8th grade
- Broadcom Masters Washington DC Nomination: Dev Udata – 8th grade
Valley Catholic Elementary School honors
- Consumer Products Testing – Third Place – Shriya Myneni – 5th grade
About the Intel Northwest Science Expo
The Intel Northwest Science Expo is the state-level science research competition for Oregon. It is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and the Broadcom MASTERS. The Intel NWSE has been held for 5th through 12th grade students since 1984. Students compete in categories encompassing all the scientific disciplines, engineering, computer science and mathematics.