Allison Marie Raines and Sally Albright, a pair of 15-year-olds at South River High School, recently won the “First Award” for Environmental Management during the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair. Their project, Effect of Antifreeze on a Keystone Species, won the $3,000 prize during the Los Angeles-based competition, and a $1,000 grant will be given to both their school and the Intel ISEF Affiliated Fair they represent.

Society for Science & the Public, in partnership with the Intel Foundation, announced the Grand Awards of the Intel ISEF 2014 recently at the conclusion of the judging. Student winners were ninth through 12th-graders who earned the right to compete at the Intel ISEF 2014 by winning a top prize at their local, regional, state, or national science fair.

“With almost 1,800 students from close to 70 countries in this round of the competition, I think our students are phenomenal,” said Zipporah Miller, AACPS Coordinator of Science. “I am extremely proud of Allie and Sally.”

According to its website, each year approximately 7 million high school students around the globe develop original research projects and present their work at local science competitions with the hope of making it to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public. Only the best and brightest – nearly 1,800 winners of local, regional, state, and national competitions – are invited to participate in this week-long celebration of science, technology, engineering, and math. At the event, these young innovators share ideas, showcase cutting-edge research, and compete for more than $5 million in awards and scholarships.