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Exonians stand out in STEM

Five take top spots at the NH Science and Engineering Expo.

March 21, 2018
Avery Clowes ’20 and William Menken ’20 with medals from the NHSEE 2018 Expo.

Avery Clowes ’20 (second from right) and William Menken ’20 proudly hold their trophy for third place overall. They are accompanied by first and second place winners Meghana Avvaru (left, Nashua High School South) and Amy Cotter (Kennett High School).

When the New Hampshire Science and Engineering Exposition Association invited high school students from the Granite state to think of an “awesome” science project, Exonians responded. At the professionally judged NHSEE 2018 Expo, held March 15, five Exonians placed.

Avery Clowes ’20 and William Menken ’20 took third place overall and first place in the physics and electronics category with their project “Investigating the Effects of Propellant Mass Flow Rate and a Swirl Ring on the Efficiency of a Magnetoplasmadynamic Thruster.”

Vinjai Vale ’18 garnered first place in the computers category with his project “A New Paradigm for Computer Vision Based on Compositional Representation.”

Exonians virtually owned the mathematics category with first-place winning Jacqueline Cho ’19, whose project is titled “An Improved Upper Bound for the Fermat-Torricelli Ratio” and, in second place, Evan Vogelbaum with “Application of Computational Game Theory to the Investigation of the Impact of Topology on Fixation Time of Antibiotic Resistance Genes in Bacteria.”

All five Exonians received additional special awards for their work. Emily Gaw ’20 and Cho each received a $2,000 scholarship from the New Hampshire Academy of Science.

Based on their success at the NHSEE 2018 Expo, Clowes and Menken qualified for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair to be held in Pittsburgh in May.

Read more about the prizes and the NHSEE Expo.