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La Cañada Prep Sends Three to National Science, Engineering Fair

La Cañada Preparatory gleaned one third-place finisher and two honorable-mentions at the 72nd annual California Science and Engineering Fair at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.
The fair showcased 896 individual and student-team projects and featured the top middle school and high school students from around the state, awarding more than $60,000 in prize money.
The three students who placed from La Cañada Prepatory have qualified to participate in the Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge to be held in Washington, D.C., this October. The Junior Innovators Challenge is the nation’s premier STEM research competition for middle school students.
Leonna Torosyan received third place in the Environmental Management category for “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” a project that examined the advantages of composting using black soldier fly larvae, and Raphael Kaplan and Yash Jaju received honorable mentions in the Animal Biology category for “How Do Raptors Survive in LA?” and “Planaria Regeneration and the Future of Medicine” respectively. All three students won first-place prizes in their categories at the Los Angeles County Science Fair in March, with Leonna Torosyan taking home the overall grand prize for the fair.
“To qualify for a national science and engineering fair is a major accomplishment for these young students,” LCP head science teacher Stephen Miller said. “It is also a big deal for the LCP science department. We’ve never had students advance this far before, and we’re really excited.”
Winners will be announced during finals week between Oct. 28 and Nov. 2.

The Learning Castle and La Cañada Preparatory are private schools for 4 year olds through 8th-graders located on the site of the former FIS campus at 4490 Cornishon Ave. in La Cañada Flintridge.

First published in the May 11 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.


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