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January 8, 2020

Kennewick High Student Named Top Science Scholar

Nikhil Devanathan, a senior at Kennewick High School, has earned a prestigious honor.

He's been named one of the top 300 scholars in the 2020 Regeneron Science Talent Search, a nationwide math and science competition.

The honor comes with a $2,000 prize for Nikhil, plus $2,000 for his school to use on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities.

Nikhil also is in the running for one of 40 finalist slots. Finalists will be announced toward the end of January and are invited to Washington, D.C. to compete for the top prize of $250,000.

Nearly 2,000 students nationwide applied to be part of the talent search, with the top 300 scholars chosen based on research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists, a news release said.

Nikhil's project involved measuring local air quality using portable Arduino-based sensors.

He's been honored for his research skills before, twice winning a grand prize at the Mid-Columbia Regional Science and Engineering Fair and traveling to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. He's part of the International Baccalaureate program at Kennewick High and also serves as the student representative to the Kennewick School Board.