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Park ’25 Takes Third Place in International Science Fair
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 Bolles freshman Sarah Park ’25, who already made school history as the youngest student to be invited to compete in the prestigious Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair, took her passion for science and music to the highest heights this week – winning third place in the Behavioral and Social Sciences category of the world-renowned competition.

Park’s winning ISEF project has garnered international acclaim during the past year. Called “Spark Care+: Personalized Music Therapy Device Utilizing Artificial Intelligence Model,” the project combines artificial intelligence, galvanic skin response and photoplethysmography to create a portable mental health music therapy. Park and her Spark Care+ work won the $25,000 grand prize in 3M’s Discovery Education Young Scientist Challenge late last year.

Her work swept the Northeast Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair competition – winning a  slew of special awards, placement to the late-March State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida and an invitation to represent the region at ISEF. Park is the first freshman scientist in School history and one of five from the area to win a bid to the ISEF, which was held in Atlanta May 7-13.

During the February 7 Northeast Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair, Park earned several awards in addition to the state and international fair invitations including:

  • A first place award in the Behavior and Social Sciences Senior Category
  • The American Psychological Association Outstanding Research Award
  • The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Special Award
  • The Johnson & Johnson Special Award
  • And the Office Environments and Services Special Awards