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American Heritage Schools Palm Beach Campus Earns Best in Show Among Other Top Awards at Palm Beach Regional Science and Engineering Fair

By February 28, 2024March 21st, 2024No Comments

American Heritage Schools’ Palm Beach Campus is pleased to announce another extraordinary triumph at the Palm Beach Regional Science and Engineering Fair, which took place at Safe Schools Institute, in Boca Raton, Florida. For the second consecutive year, 15 of the 30 high school students to represent Palm Beach County at the 69th State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida this coming April, hail from American Heritage Schools.

This also marks the second consecutive year that American Heritage Schools has received the Best in Show award. The top placement in the High School Science Fair overall, the Best in Show was earned by Boca Raton resident Bhav Jain, a freshman and first-year research student. Furthermore, all participating students achieved remarkable success, ranking in the top four of multiple categories, including seven participants who are first-year research students. This accomplishment represents the outstanding work of American Heritage Schools’ students and dedicated faculty and the relentless pursuit of excellence within its research program.

“We are so proud of our American Heritage researchers,” said Iris Thompson, vice principal of American Heritage Schools’ Palm Beach Campus Upper School. “They are not only completing undergraduate and graduate-level science research in high school, but they have operated and utilized the university-level equipment in our BSL-2 labs under our mentorship. I cannot wait to see how these young people will change the world!”

The individuals who won awards at the competition include:

Best in Show: Bhav Jain (Freshman, first-year research student)

Animal Sciences, First place: Lahari Challa (Sophomore, first-year research student)

Animal Sciences, Second place: Kasey Moore (Freshman, Continuing from AHS JH research)

Animal Sciences, Second place: Aayushi Ranjan (Senior, second-year research student)

Biomedical & Health Sciences, First place: Maya Mohanty (Senior, fourth-year research student)

Biomedical & Health Sciences, Second place: Rohan Gandhi (Sophomore, first-year research student)

Biomedical & Health Sciences, Second place: Maya Behura (Junior, second-year research student)

Biomedical & Health Sciences, Third place: Amrita Nayak (Senior, first-year research student)

Cellular/Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, First Place: Samer Elhoushy (Senior, fourth-year research student)

Cellular/Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Third Place: Mili Mohanty (Freshman, first-year research student)

Cellular/Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Third Place: Sarrinah Saif (Senior, first-year research student)

Chemistry, First Place: Aishwarya Deshpande (Sophomore, first-year research student)

Engineering, First Place: Dishika Parikh (Junior, first-year research student)

Environmental Engineering, First Place: Bhav Jain (Freshman, first-year research student)

Environmental Engineering, Second Place: Samhita Konuru (Junior, second-year research student)

Intelligent Machines, Robotics, and Systems Software, Fourth Place: Siyuan Du (Sophomore, first-year research student)

Microbiology, First Place: Chloe Barreto-Massad (Senior, fourth-year research student)

Microbiology, Second Place: Kayli Harris (Junior, second-year research student)

Microbiology, Third Place: Daniela Staton (Sophomore, first-year research student)

Physics & Astronomy, Second Place: Catherine Zhao (Junior, second-year research student)

Plant Sciences, Second Place: Devesh Kumaresh (Freshman, first-year research student)

The prestigious American Heritage Schools Science Research Institute allows students to work in labs to help find solutions for global issues, working alongside Ph.D.’s to develop high-level research projects. American Heritage Schools’ Palm Beach Campus boasts an incredible 30,000-square-foot science research, pre-engineering and robotics facility. To enter this advanced research program, students must be nominated by an American Heritage faculty member. Then they must complete an application process, which involves proposing and defending an original, competitive project based on research within the last five years.

The range of equipment in the American Heritage Science Research Institute lab is unlike at any other high school. It features equipment such as fluorescent and inverted microscopes, a UV/Vis plate reader (spectrophotometer), a carbon dioxide incubator, a -86-degree freezer, a liquid nitrogen cryogenic tank and a scanning electron microscope, just to name a few. Students also have the opportunity to use the scanning electron microscope – a scientific instrument not found in many colleges and universities, let alone in high schools. Student research projects range from protein chemistry, molecular and microbiology, biochemistry, zoology, plant sciences, environmental sciences, computer science, mathematics, behavior and medicine and health.

To learn more about American Heritage Schools’ accomplishments at the Palm Beach Regional Science and Engineering Fair, please visit:

About American Heritage Schools:

American Heritage Schools, founded in 1965, is a nationally ranked private, nonsectarian, and co-educational college preparatory day school with two 40-acre campuses: the Broward Campus is located in Plantation, Florida, and the Palm Beach Campus is located in Delray Beach, Florida. Its campuses serve approximately 4,800 students in PK3 through 12thgrades, and the student body represents over 60 different countries throughout the world. Approximately 70 percent of the faculty hold postgraduate degrees. American Heritage Schools is nationally and internationally accredited by the following associations: Association of Independent Schools of Florida (AISF), Middle States Association (MSA-CESS), and National Council for Private Schools. The Lower School includes advanced classes and 15 electives, and the Upper School offers over 300 courses with 138 honors classes, 28 Advanced Placement classes, and 75 fine arts classes. Pre-professional programs are offered in pre-med, pre-law, pre-engineering, biomedical engineering, business & entrepreneurship, and computer sciencewith classes taught daily by doctors, surgeons, lawyers, judges, engineers, and computer scientists currently practicing in their fields. American Heritage Schools was named No. 1 Private K-12 School in Florida, according to,  ranks as theNo. 1 high school in Florida for the highest number of National Merit Scholars for 14 years, and the No. 1 school in Florida for the most Presidential Scholars. The Math Competition team is No. 1 out of all private schools in the nation, Model UN team is top 3 in the nation, and the Speech and Debate team is in the top 1% in the nation. In their recent “Book of Lists” rankings, South Florida Business Journal (SFBJ) recognized American Heritage Schools as the No. 1 Private School, No. 16 in Corporate Philanthropy in South Florida, and No. 22 Largest Employer in South Florida.

For more information about American Heritage Schools, visit its website at

Broward Campus: (954) 472-0022 ext. 3021 or email

Palm Beach Campus: (561) 495-7272 ext. 219 or email

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