2021-2022

Student Writers

Sara Pearl Adler is a sophomore at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, FL where she is the Founder and President of her school’s Art Club and an active member of the Crew Team and the Technology Student Association. She is one of 14 students from her grade selected for her school’s highly selective science research program and was a 2019 Broadcom winner for Science Fair. Outside of school, she is an environmental activist who leads community-wide events that showcase the impact of climate change on South Florida. She likes both science and writing and enjoys combining the two in the Curious Science Writers program.

Ananya Balaji is a senior at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North in New Jersey. She joined cSw as a writer this year to expand her recent research publication in bioinformatics in the Journal of Research High School (JRHS). She believes that cSw is a great platform to convey complex, scientific information to the general public and an opportunity to hone in on her writing abilities. Outside of school, she plays chess, does programming and knitting, and learns new languages.

Raunak Banerjee is a sophomore at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. He pursued science writing through cSw due to his passions in STEM and journalism. Raunak believes it is vital for scientists to raise awareness for modern scientific problems through effective yet concise communication. He enjoys long discussions about STEM, books, and philosophy with his peers. In his free time, you’ll often find him playing the violin, drawing, playing soccer or tennis, and watching/reading science fiction.

Arca Baran goes to High Technology High School in New Jersey. He wrote his second article for cSw this year, after filing a story in 2020 about wearables being used in tandem with the IoT (Internet of Things) to help smokers quit their addiction. He also has been running the official cSw Twitter profile since last year as a social media coordinator. Arca has a technology and pop culture blog that has been viewed over 260 thousand times which he started 7 years ago. In his free time, he enjoys reading, writing and gaming. 

Hanna Cochran enjoys practicing cello, writing poetry, and spending time outside either running or just reflecting on nature. She is the director of writing at her high school’s art and literary magazine and is currently editing her realistic fiction young adult novel to move forward to the publishing process.  Apart from her philosophical side, her curiosity of the world extends into the sciences.  She hopes to convey complex information in a way that is understandable to the general public so that humanity can move forward as one.  She hopes to open peoples’ eyes to the wonder of science by turning complex ideas into simple and entertaining articles.

Sophia Fritsch attends Wootton high school in Maryland. This is Sophia’s first year participating in the Curious Science Writers program and she is thrilled to be apart of such a unique and constructive group. She looks forward to developing her scientific literacy skills and spreading awareness on some of the misconstrued topics in today’s media. Aside from science and writing Sophia enjoys being outdoors and traveling to new places. In her down time she enjoys a good book.

Ruby Germack is a senior at NYC iSchool in New York. This is her first year in Curious Science writers participating as a writer. She loves writing and science and especially loves when those two are combined. Outside of cSw she plays softball, tutors and spends time with family and friends!

Michael Hua is a senior from The Peddie School in New Jersey. However, he grew up in California, lived half of his life in China and only returned to the US two years ago. He loves math but science has always had a special place in his heart. In fact, he believes that everyone should have the privilege of understanding its beauty, which is why he applied to this program. In his free time, you can find him watching true crime, binging other random TV shows like Friends, hiking at almost any place and attempting challenging piano pieces.

Yoojin Jeong is a junior at Damascus High School in Damascus, Maryland. This is her first year at cSw as a writer and she looks forward to collaborating with her mentor and team. She chose to join the program because she aspires to expand on her writing and scientific literacy skills as a writer at cSw. She wants to ultimately incorporate the skills to any potential research/writing in the future. Outside of cSw, she is a competitive flutist and an active co-founder of a community organization to increase accessibility in STEM. In her free time, she loves to bake and read books on psychology.

Abigayle Kankolenski is a senior at the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) in Georgia. She loves to read, write and learn new and interesting things, which made her interested in writing science! She’s always had an interest in pursuing a scientific or technology-based career, so she’s really happy about the opportunity to be in this program! She looks forward to working with everyone and learning a lot in her first year with Curious Science Writers.

Danielle Lee is a junior at Biotechnology High School in New Jersey. This year she is a writer for cSw because she strongly believes that educating the public about accurate information is crucial for building knowledge and understanding. She is passionate towards both writing and science, and has written several research articles as well as published a children’s book about environmental sustainability. Additional interests include tennis, art and video editing.

Rosie Liu is a senior at Newport High School in Bellevue, Washington. She enjoys reading mystery novels, building rockets and playing quizbowl in her spare time. Her curiosity extends all throughout her daily life, where she is fascinated by new innovations to rocket launch analysis. The process of constantly refining her approach to new theories is what also thrills her. She has joined cSw for a second year in 2021 because as a budding scientific researcher, she wants to keep honing her ability to describe complex topics and to promote greater understanding between experts in different fields.

Spencer Lyudovyk is a junior at High Technology High School in New Jersey. This year, he is a writer and social media team manager for Curious Science Writers. He joined the cSw program because he believes it is crucial to educate the general public about different scientific topics, especially those relevant to their lives. He wishes to help make such information accessible for anyone who is interested as it could help people make informed decisions and prevent misinformation from spreading. Besides science communication, Spencer enjoys reading, playing guitar, programming and participating in politics.

Muskan Paliwal is a senior at West Windsor Plainsboro High School South in the greater Princeton area of New Jersey. She is excited to return as a writer for her second year at cSw. Outside of school, she is a part of HOSA – Future Health Professionals and serves as Co-Founder/President of her chapter. Additionally, Muskan is a volunteer at her local hospital and Red Cross. She is interested in pursuing a career in healthcare Through cSw, she hopes to effectively explain a complex scientific topic that can deepen her audience’s understanding.

Meera Shukla is a junior at Ridge High School in New Jersey. This year, she became a writer for cSw to contribute to their mission of connecting the public to science through writing. She believes that in order to successfully have an impact with medical breakthroughs, science needs to be understood by everyone. Aside from science, Meera frequently participates in debate and enjoys discussing philosophy and ethics with her peers. She also enjoys playing the flute and reading.

Annika Singh is a sophomore at Mission San Jose High School in California. This is her first year participating in cSw. She joined the program as a writer, because she is passionate about science communication. She believes science should be made more accessible to the general public, and is excited to explore her interests in journalism and biology. Outside of her interests in science writing, she is an avid reader, competitive Bollywood dancer and artist.

Rajveer Singh is a junior at Peachtree Ridge High School in Atlanta. He is passionate about scientific literacy and wants to make science more accessible to the general public. He is intrigued by the use of model organisms to gain greater insight into diseases that are difficult to study in humans. This is why he chose his topic of writing about zebrafish and metastatic cancer. He also wants to refine his science communication skills, as he pursues a career as a physician. Outside of science, he enjoys football, graphic design, politics and reading.

Flavia Tripon is a senior at University of Toronto Schools in Toronto. She loves to research and joined the cSw program as a writer for the first time this year hoping for the chance to learn something new and contribute to spreading scientific literacy in some way. Apart from her love of research and writing, she always enjoys doing something artistic like painting or drawing when she has the time.

Kevin Wang is a senior at Concord Academy in Concord, Massachusetts. Although he attends school in the states, he has stayed in China since the beginning of the pandemic and is joining cSw remotely as a first-year writer. He enjoys learning about the intersection between science and literature while exploring the benefits of science writing to the general public as well as scientific communities. In his free time, he usually indulges himself in music and video games.

Audrey Yan is a junior at High Technology High School in New Jersey. This is her second year participating in cSw as a writer. She believes that by writing about science, she is not only able to learn about relevant issues but also spread information to a greater audience while simultaneously honing her communication skills. Audrey’s other interests include art, design, floristry, and music.

Bernice Zhao is a sophomore at High Technology High School in Lincroft, New Jersey. Bernice is new to Curious Science Writers this year and chose to join the program because she believes in making science communication and STEM education available and accessible to the general public. She also saw cSw as a rare opportunity to explore her interests in both creative writing and the scientific field. Outside of cSw, Bernice enjoys playing music, painting and being the co-host of a podcast.