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Central Valley Students Win Big at International Science and Engineering Fair

May 22, 2014

Ashima Thusu and Japmeet Sandhu of Clovis North High School won a special award from the American Statistical Association.
Credit Jennifer Weibert

Last week, 1700 high school students from over 70 countries met in Los Angeles for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, including 5 students from Fresno and Clovis.

Beatrice Choi, a sophomore from Fresno’s University High School, brought home third place in Chemistry.

A team from Clovis North Clovis won a special award from the American Statistical Association.  Their project established a relationship between body mass, sensitivity to taste, and protein receptors in the brain. Ashima Thusu says she and her teammate Japmeet Sandhu are excited to bring their findings back to the Central Valley.

Thusu: In California, 38% of children are obese and 42.7% of those children are from our county alone.  And with our dietary plan, we hope to decrease that 42.7% by at least 5% over the next 10 years.

In total, Central Valley students earned over $18,000 in awards, scholarships and prizes.