2022 High School Fair Winners

Thank you to all the students who entered projects into the fair this year, the teachers and mentors who supported them, and the judges who devoted hours of their time to our students’ presentations! We couldn't do this without your creative and innovative ideas. Also, a great big thank you to the sponsors and committee members for making the fair possible.


Please see this thank you letter from our WRSEF Chair, Taryn Surabian.


First place winners qualify to enter ISEF Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair.

All winners qualify to enter the Massachusetts Science and Engineering Fair (MSEF).


Winners and participating schools will be contacted via email with details on how to register for these fairs. All participants will receive feedback from the judges via their contact teacher.


Congratulations to all the winners!



1st Place Award Winners


Jaclyn Zatsiorsky

St. Mark's School

JNK Signaling as a Mediator for Gene Differentiation in Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells Exposed to High Glucose

Special Award: Sanofi Specialty Care Grand Prize

Nevin Thinagar

Shrewsbury High School

Reducing the Impact of Wingtip Vortices on Aircraft Through the Use of a Novel Winglet

Special Award: NSAP Naval Award

Esha Bennet and Eva Bennet

Hopkinton High School

Intergenerational Substance Abuse Transmission: A Novel Testing Model

Special Award: Sanofi Specialty

Maya Zheng

Mass Academy for Math and Science

Bacteriophage Resistance in E. coli Impacts Sensitivity to Antibiotics

Special Award: Society of Microbiology





2nd Place Award Winners


Maya Sushkin

South High Community School

Mobile Carbon Capture - Phase 3

Special Award: MA Chemistry & Technology Alliance

Anush Shah

Mass Academy for Math and Science

Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting on Flying Wildlife for Electronic Tags

Aaron Tian

Mass Academy for Math and Science

Discrete soft actor-critic framework for synthesis-based drug design

Shreya Devarajan

Mass Academy for Math and Science

Using RNNs to Predict Climate Trends and Mitigate Urban Heat Islands

Special Award: National Geographic Geography Award

Saaya Daga

Mass Academy for Math and Science

Impact of Curcumin on Depressive Symptoms in Drosophila melanogaster

Special Award: Sanofi Specialty

Simran Kaur

Hopkinton High School

Treating 2,4-D-Exposed Planaria with Drug-Supplement Interactions to Palliate Parkinson’s Disease

Special Award: Sanofi Specialty

Ishita Khurana

Hopkinton High School

Vitamin B Overconsumption on Diet-Induced Obesity in Danio rerio (Zebrafish)

Isabella Palit

Algonquin Regional High School

SmartStrides - Pathway Obstruction Detection Using Computer Vision and Machine Learning




3rd Place winners


Misha Mishechkin, Vishnu Angiras

Shrewsbury High School

Optimizing Thermal Energy Recovery Using a Nickel-Titanium Based Heat Engine

Saahil Minocha

Hopkinton High School

Asynchronous Lidar-Enabled 3D Modeling for Interior Navigation

Special Award: Optical Society Award

Special Award: NSAP Naval Award

Lauren Tran

St. Mark's School

A low-cost voice-controlled prosthetic hand

Henry Liu

Mass Academy for Math and Science

A Machine Learning Method for the Automatic Classification of Strokes

Callan Asher

Wachusett Regional High School

Tesla Valve Modification: Effect of Loop Shape and Number on Flow Rate

Gabriela Hamburger Medailleu

Wachusett Regional High School

Building Green

Avani Daga, Briana Mallouh, and Tomo Oga

Hopkinton High School

The Effect of Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate on the Reformation of Disulfide Bonds in Hair

Special Award: MA Chemistry & Technology Alliance


Verena Welch

Wachusett Regional High School

The Effects of Probiotics on Malnourished Fruit Flies


Aaheli Saha

Mass Academy for Math and Science

Inflammation in Danio rerio and symptomatic correlation to Alzheimer’s

Daniel Kaminski

Mass Academy for Math and Science

Enhanced Computer Heatsink Using PCMs and Thermoelectric Generators

Srivishnu Piratla

Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School

Assurance: A firearm detection system and intrusion prevention system for schools

Advait Bhowmik

Shrewsbury High School

Park the Progression of Parkinson’s: Using Machine Learning to Diagnose Parkinson’s Disease through Speech




Honorable Mention Awards


Kathryn Adiletta

Worcester Academy

Polyphonic Timing Accurate Universal Piano Trainer with LED Visualization

Kaya Weiner

Bancroft School

Effect of Movement on Regeneration of Planaria


Joseph Yu

Shrewsbury High School

Using Deep Neural Networks to Differentiate Human and Synthetic Speech

Nicole Plotnik

Shrewsbury High School

Repelling Ants With Sound Frequency

Donovan Sappet

Worcester Academy

Simulating the Effects of Solar Collectors on Orbital Space Debris

Sruthi Kurada and Victoria Yuan

Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School and Lexington High School

Characterizing Ergothioneine Pathways and Potential Drug Targets via Intrinsically Disordered Protein Analysis


Diego Suchenski Loustaunau

Mass Academy for Math and Science

In-silico design of novel 2’FANA oligonucleotides to inhibit APOBEC3G

Alexander Chenevert

Wachusett Regional High School

How Much Faster the Ice Caps are Melting due to Solid Carbon Pollution

Special Award: Stockholm Junior Water Prize

Maya Kasbekar

Shrewsbury High School

Pupillometry Based Alzheimer’s Detection

David Priefer, Dylan Striek

Hopkinton High School

The Affect of Car Exhaust Carbonated Water on Ocimum Basilicum

Mariam Iqbal

Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School

Preventing Opioid Overdoses among Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients.

Bharat Mekala, Brian Gu, and Neil Abraham

Hopkinton High School

Urban Wind Turbines

Alexander Stephan, Arin Upalekar, and Kaizar Rangwala

Hopkinton High School

A Coherent Solution to Microplastic Pollution

Evanya Mathur, Srilakshmi Venkatesan

Hopkinton High School

PatientConnect: Bridging the Communication Gap for Nonverbal Patients in Hospital Settings

Allison Bechard

St. Mark's School

Polyphenols and the Cognitive Decline of Alzheimer's Disease

Zifan Guo

St. Mark's School

Applying Transformer Deep Learning Model on Low-Level Programs