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St. Mary’s Ryken Freshman Named Among Top 300 Youth Scientists In The U.S.

Published by TheBayNet on Sept. 21, 2022


LEONARDTOWN, Md. — St. Mary’s Ryken High School 9th grader Ava Chadwick was recently named a Broadcom Masters Top 300 Youth Scientist in the nation. 

Ava Chadwick '26

Ava Chadwick, St. Mary's Ryken Class of 2026


The program is a premier STEM competition for middle and high school students.

“It meant a lot to me to be honored as a Broadcom master because this was my first science fair,” said Ava Chadwick. “I feel like this really boosted my confidence in STEM knowledge. I think to myself I can go pretty far with this, so why not keep going.”

Chadwick was one of 1,807 entrants competing for this honor after winning the Prince George’s Area Science Fair in the 8th grade. Her project title was Hitting Harder: Composite vs. Aluminum.

Ava started her journey to becoming a Broadcom master with her 8th-Grade science fair, she said. Ava then worked her way through the regional competition for Broadcom until she got to the Prince George’s Area Science Fair, she said. Then, she officially entered the contest after learning about her eligibility.

Each Nominee received a special Broadcom MASTERS swag item in their packets. All nominees who enter are eligible to receive a bumper sticker and other prizes, including a special edition booklet of Invention and Innovation articles from Science News for Students, courtesy of the Lemelson Foundation. Entrants join the Society alumni network.

After winning the contest and earning these prizes, Ava plans on continuing to do experiments to further her STEM knowledge, she said. 

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