27 April 2015
Posted in Dr. Ying Competition
Anjeli Nandwani, a sophomore from Orange County’s Lake Highland Preparatory School, took home the top prize in the Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition. Anjeli won a trophy, a $5,000 cash scholarship plus $1,000 awards for her science teacher and school.
Since 1999, philanthropist, scientist and entrepreneur Dr. Nelson Ying has worked with Orlando Science Center to encourage the outstanding scientific accomplishments of our community’s teens. Projects submitted are required to have the ultimate goal of benefiting humanity.
Nandwani, 16, created a natural pesticide to help fight white flies and preserve tomato populations. The state’s $268 million tomato industry is the most valuable vegetable crop in the state, and 25 percent of the vegetation is ruined annually by pests — mainly the white fly. In fact, white flies affect 90 percent of the devastated acreage and their saliva can spread disease that can lead to total crop failure.