Tesla STEM - Bhowal and Porwal

Two rising seniors from Nikola Tesla STEM High School (Tesla STEM) used mapping to tackle an important issue for a local endangered species. Siddhant Porwal and Druhin Bhowal brought awareness to the Southern Resident Orca Whale (SROW) population decline through state and national ArcGIS mapping competitions.

Leading the way – Redmond High student selected as national student leader

A student at Redmond High School will be gaining practical work and life experience through a paid internship. Conan Lu, class of 2022, was selected as a Bank of America Student Leader. He is one of only 300 students across the country selected for this honor and just one of seven from Washington state.

Holocaust art contest

Nearly 600 students in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska put together inspiring work at this year’s Holocaust Center for Humanity (HCH) contest. Out of all those entries, four Nikola Tesla STEM High School students placed in the top three. This year’s “Celebrating Life: 2022 Holocaust Writing, Art, and Film Contest,” put on by HCH, challenges students to explore the history and stories of the Holocaust. 



    LWSD students win big at International Science and Engineering Fair

    Regeneron ISEF logo

    High school students from Lake Washington School District (LWSD) made a splash at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Six of the seven participating students won awards at the fair that ran from May 7-13 in Atlanta, Ga. The students from LWSD joined sixteen others from various school districts in Washington state to form the Washington International Science and Engineering Team (WISE Team) of 23 students. 

    Vedant Srinivas, a Sophomore from Eastlake High School, won the Grand First Place Award in the category of Environmental Engineering. Only 38 projects, out of more than 1,700, across 21 categories were awarded the Grand First Award. In addition to a cash prize, this award includes a $1,000 grant to Eastlake High School.

    Evan Kim, Anjali Sreenivas, Druhin Bhowal and Arihant Singh, students from Tesla STEM High School, were placed in the top four of their categories. Harish Krishnakumar, from Tesla STEM, won two special awards. 

    Regeneron ISEF is the world’s largest pre-college science competition. This year, more than 1,700 young entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists were selected from 49 states and 64 countries and competed across 21 STEM categories. About 800 judges from academia and industry made the award selections. Students spent their time at the fair giving TED talks and project presentations, participating in symposiums and hackathons, and attending lectures from Nobel laureates.

    Here is the complete list of the awards these students won, including the category for which they won:

    Grand Awards

    • Vedant Srinivas (Eastlake High School) - Grand First Place - Environmental Engineering 
    • Evan Kim (Tesla STEM High School) - Grand Third Place - Material Sciences 
    • Anjali Sreenivas (Tesla STEM High School) - Grand Fourth Place - Computational Biology
    • Druhin Bhowal & Arihant Singh (Tesla STEM High School) - Grand Fourth Place - Earth and Environmental Sciences 

    Special Awards

    • Anjali Sreenivas (Tesla STEM High School) - American Statistical Association (Honorable Mention)
    • Druhin Bhowal & Arihant Singh (Tesla STEM High School) - Arizona State University Scholarship
    • Harish Krishnakumar (Tesla STEM High School) - King Abdul-Aziz & his Companions Foundation
    • Harish Krishnakumar (Tesla STEM High School) - Patent & Trademark Office Society
    • Vedant Srinivas (Eastlake High School) - Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) First Award
    • Vedant Srinivas (Eastlake High School) - International Council on Systems Engineering (Honorable Mention)