West Windsor-Plainsboro High School - North New Jersey Regional High School Science Bowl

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Coach Kerry Pross is a lifelong resident of central New Jersey where she resides with her three children. She graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelors in biology and holds a masters degree in Educational Administration from the College of Saint Elizabeth. She has spent the last nine of her 21-year teaching career at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North. She teaches both honor and AP chemistry and has been an AP chemistry reader for the last three years. In addition to her teaching and Science Bowl coaching duties, she is also coaching the Ocean Bowl team and is co-advisor for High School North’s Science Olympiad team.

Keshav Ratra is a senior at West Windsor Plainsboro High School North in New Jersey. He is a committed member of his school’s Science Olympiad team where he enjoys competing in his favorite event, anatomy & physiology. He is also president of his school’s Science Bowl and biology clubs where he attempts to pass on his biology knowledge to other earthlings. Recently, he competed in the virtual National Ocean Science Bowl (NOSB), where he helped his team earn fifth place. When he is not busy drilling genetics problems, Keshav enjoys watching old Kobe Bryant basketball games, biking with his friends, binge-watching Netflix, and solving Rubik’s cubes. 

Parth Shastri is a senior at West Windsor-Plainsboro HS North. While he focuses on physics, math, and chemistry questions during his second year of Science Bowl, he also has a strong interest in all things computer-related. When he is not competing in physics events at Science Olympiad or leading the programming division of his robotics team, you might find him learning a new programming language or hand-optimizing his programs. Parth also enjoys biking along with playing the Piano.

Vivek Vajipey is a senior at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North. He is particularly fascinated by various earth science topics, competing in all of the earth science events for his school's Science Olympiad team. He is also the captain of the Ocean Bowl team, which placed fifth at nationals in 2020. In his free time, Vivek enjoys playing his saxophone and collecting rocks, minerals, and fossils.

Leo Yao is currently a senior at High School North, and will be attending MIT in the fall. He has been part of his school's Science Bowl team since tenth grade, specializing in physics, math, and astronomy questions. In 2019, Leo travelled with the USA teams to the thirteenth IOAA in Hungary, and was the top silver medalist. Playing an active role in building his school science community, he serves as captain of the school Science Olympiad team and vice-president of Physics Club. Additionally, Leo has earned a USAPhO gold medal, participated in MOP, won the 2020 NAC, and qualified for USACO Platinum. When not studying or tutoring others, you can find him out biking, playing the piano, working on coding projects, or trying to cook.