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Two Columbus Academy freshmen honored at White House Science Fair


Local robotics team members Savannah Cofer and Varun Vallabhaneni were honored at President Barack Obama's White House Science Fair on Monday, April 22.

The two students competed as part of a neighborhood team called the Incredibots. Both are freshmen at Columbus Academy.

They are among youth who will be celebrated as winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country.

The President hosted the first White House Science Fair in late 2010, fulfilling a commitment he made at the launch of his Educate to Innovate campaign to inspire students to excel in math and science. 

"If you win the NCAA championship, you come to the White House," Obama said in 2010. "Well, if you're a young person and you produce the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too."