The list of semifinalists has been announced for Broadcom MASTERS 2015, a nationwide science fair including middle school students from 29 states and American Samoa who participated in 127 regional and state science fairs across the country. Only 300 semifinalists were selected from over 2,230 applicants, with each application undergoing three separate evaluations by distinguished scientists, engineers, and educators. Only those in the top 10 percent at their local affiliated science fairs were eligible to apply. California hosted the highest number of semifinalists, with 61 coming from that state alone – and two of them come from right here in Scripps Ranch. Somil Bhushan and Naya Menezes, who attended eighth grade at Thurgood Marshall Middle School last year, were among the semifinalists. Somil’s project was titled “Solar Desalination: An Eco-Friendly Solution for California’s Water Independence,” and Naya’s was titled “Effective Headgear in Soccer.”

Finalists will be named Sept. 2 with the competition scheduled for early October. Learn more at