Two Kern Students Take First at California Science & Engineering Fair

Monday April 22, 2024

More than 900 students from around California competed last week in the 74th annual California Science & Engineering Fair. 50 or so were from Kern County and were invited to the competition after winning their categories at the Kern County Science Fair held in March.

At the state competition, Ronak Bose from Earl Warren Junior High School and Archer Serxner from St. John’s Lutheran School won their categories. The pair was also nominated to apply to participate in the national Thermo Fisher Scientific competition to be held later this year by winning their category at the Kern County Science Fair.

Congratulations to the following Kern County students who placed in their categories at the state competition.

Applied Mechanics and Structures (Junior Division)
Honorable Mention
Avin Benny / Rio Bravo-Greeley School

Biochemistry/Molecular Biology (Junior Division)
1st place
Ronak Bose / Earl Warren Junior High

Cognitive Science (Junior Division)
Honorable Mention
Yareli Vidales / Thomas Jefferson Middle

Environmental Engineering (Junior Division)
Honorable Mention
Carroll Hay / Rio Bravo-Greeley School
Serena Thornburg / Jacobsen Middle

Mammalian Biology (Junior Division)
Honorable Mention
Shalini Dandamundi / St. John’s Lutheran

Plant Biology (Junior Division)
4th Place
Molly Cole / Wallace Middle

Product Science (Junior Division)
1st Place
Archer Serxner / St. John’s Lutheran

By Robert Meszaros

By Robert Meszaros

Rob Meszaros is Director of Communications for the Kern County Superintendent of Schools, where he has served since 2012. In his role, Meszaros oversees media relations, internal and external communication strategies, publications, Marcom, branding, and multi-media content creation. Before joining KCSOS, Meszaros was the PIO for CSU Bakersfield and earlier worked for seven years at The Bakersfield Californian.