Reece is a rising sophomore at Woodland High School while Mittal is a rising senior at Dutchtown High School.
In May, the two joined 1,600 other science-minded students from around the world, with representation from more than 400 fairs and 70 countries, in what is considered the Olympics of science fairs.
In addition to providing an opportunity for young scientists to compete, the fair provided a chance for attendees to mingle, network with one another and become eligible for about $4 million in awards and scholarships.
Each student focused on a different aspect within the sphere of science, tailored specifically to their interests.
Reece, for instance, entered in the fair a project titled, Steam vs. UV-C: Which is More Effective in Eradicating Bacteria?
Reece’s project was sponsored by her teacher, Suzanne Scudder.
“I am very thankful to the Henry County Science and Engineering Fair for providing the avenue for me to have such an amazing experience,” Reece said in a statement.
Mittal’s project, Apoptic Effects of Carvacrol on Pancreatic and Colorectal Cancer, was designed to be a potential treatment for those cancers.
“In my project, I was able to locate a compound called carvacrol, which is naturally found in oregano,” he said in a statement.
His project was sponsored by his teacher, Rabieh Hafza.
Both projects were selected during county competitions in February.