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Jun 22, 2020

Holmdel High School Students Awarded at Delaware Valley Science Fair

Benjamin Lin

Holmdel High School students were successful at the 72nd Delaware Valley Science Fair. Junior Benjamin Lin was also named the silver medalist of all categories of 11th grade. Lin will be honored as a finalist of the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) with a finalist medal and certificate. Unfortunately, the ISEF event for 2020 has been canceled; however, Lin will further be honored as an alumnus of the Society for the Science and the Public, the organization that runs the ISEF. Lin is also one of five competitors to be offered a partial scholarship from Drexel University.

This is the second time in recent years that a Holmdel High School student is named a medalist at the Delaware Valley Science Fair and a finalist at the prestigious Regeneron ISEF.

Additionally, the following students are members of the Honors Advanced Research class taught by Dr. Josephine Blaha at Holmdel High School. They have been involved in sophisticated STEM research projects that advanced to the Delaware Valley Science Fair after selection as winning entries in the regional Jersey Shore Science Fair (JSSF) in March 2020.


Grade 12

  • Claudia Zhang: First place, biochemistry
  • Vrishin Patel: Third place, chemistry
  • Justin Zhang: Third place, computer science
  • Aidan Choo: Second place, mathematics


Grade 11

  • Rick Hsu, Lauren Lepore, and Evelyn Toscarelli: Honorable mention, behavioral and social sciences
  • Bill Zhang: Second place
  • Benjamin Lin: First place, chemistry and silver medalist for grade 11 categories
  • Ayan Lateef: Third place, mathematics


Students who placed first, second and third will receive medals and certificates. Additionally, scholarships from the University of the Sciences will be offered to the first, second and third places winners in the 11th Grade categories.