Exonians earn honors in statewide STEM competition

Nine students receive awards at the 2020 New Hampshire Science and Engineering Expo.

Adam Loyd
April 23, 2020
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Over the course of the past month, some of the state’s brightest high schoolers submitted projects in a variety of STEM-based categories as part of the 2020 New Hampshire Science and Engineering Expo. Adhering to social-distancing guidelines, the annual fair pivoted to an online setting, allowing students to present their work virtually. Among the 47 entries, nine Exonians received awards. 

Sophia Chang ’20 claimed the top spot in the biology category while also taking home Best in Fair for her project, “The Role of the Degron, a Protein-Degradation Motif Essential for Capsid Assembly in Adeno-Associated Virus.”

Avery Clowes' work, “Development and Iterative Design of Multistable Multi-Material Compliant Mechanism” gave the senior the top spot in the engineering category and a third-place Best in Fair finish. 

In addition to competing in the respective fair categories, presentations were also considered for Special Awards given by companies and organizations including NASA, the Mitre Corporation and the New Hampshire Society of Professional Engineers.

Here are the 2020 Exeter award winners:

  • Lucy Cai ‘21, second place, mathematics
  • Sophia Chang ’20, first place, biology; Special Award, Best in Fair
  • Neil Chowdhury ‘22, Special Award
  • Avery Clowes ’20, first place, engineering; Special Award, third place Best in Fair
  • Steven Gao ’21, second place, computers; Special Award
  • Zachariah Teagarden ‘22, first place, physics & electronics; Special Award
  • Yuvraj Sethi ‘21, first place, behavioral science 
  • Max Tan ‘21, first place, earth & space science; Special Award
  • Jingchen Wang ‘22, second place, chemistry; Special Award


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