Akshadha Mehta, a sixth grader at Dodgen Middle School, Marietta, has won the Junior Pinnacle Award, the highest honor given to a Junior Division student (sixth, seventh, and eighth grades) at the Georgia Science & Engineering Fair (GSEF) 2022. Her project “Maskrete: A Viable Approach to Pandemic Pollution of Face Masks,” an alternative to traditional concrete, earned her not only the Junior Pinnacle Award, but also Junior Division Best in Category (Environmental Engineering) Award, Junior Division Outstanding Sixth Grade Project Award, and Junior Division First Honors. Akshadha also earned the Georgia Science Teachers Association Award for Creative Problem Solving. Earlier this year, she also earned first place at the Regional Science Olympiad for her build-out prototype for bridges.
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