By Mary Waggoner, Everett Public Schools Director of Communications.
Over 500 students from 66 countries and 46 US states were represented at the International Sustainable World Energy Engineering Environment (I-SWEEP) competition where Indira Rayala won a bronze medal and a scholarship.
Indira Rayala of Henry M. Jackson High School was invited as the Washington state representative to the International Sustainable World Engineering, Environment and Energy Competition (I-SWEEP) in Houston, Texas.
This event was held the week of April 28th to May 4th, 2014.
Rayala competed in the environment category with a project that aimed to develop a natural bactericide for crop plants. This research will help prevent toxins from contaminating ground water and the local environment. Judges were impressed with her presentation and depth of knowledge.
Next year Rayala plans to continue in the Jackson High School Research Class and further her project with a hope of returning to Houston in 2015.
Rayala’s mentor and AP Biology teacher Carole Tanner said, “It was amazing and I was extremely proud to see our student representing the state of Washington and carrying the American flag at the opening ceremony.”
“Seeing students from all over our world solving local problems is inspiring and gives me a hope for our future.”