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Lilburn Brothers Take First Place in State Science Fair

Teachers said it's the first time they can remember that siblings have won first place at the same time.

Ryan Bhowmik, a student, and his older brother Aprotim "Cory" Bhowmik, a student, both took first place in this year's state science fair.

It's the first time siblings won first place at the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair at the same time, Brian Lucy, a science teacher at Trickum Middle said.

"It's an honor" to have them win, Lucy said.

"Having taught them both, I would say that they are both amazing," added science teacher Cary Sell. "They work very hard."

Aprotim, a 10th grader, was invited to the international fair next month in Pittsburgh "based on (his) performance during the regional and state competitions," Jorge Quintana, a Gwinnett County Public Schools spokesman, said in a press release.

Aprotim's project, "Arterial Hemodynamics in Atherosclerosis Patients," competed in the Medicine and Health Sciences category and was chosen as one of the top 10 in Georgia.

Ryan, an eighth grader, competed in the engineering category with the project "Factors Affecting Erosion of Soils."

"Ryan's keeping up with his older brother," Lucy said, noting that next year, they'll be going head-to-head when Ryan starts at Parkview.

Aprotim was also accepted to the Governor's Honors Program this year.

In all, six students from Gwinnett schools won first place in the state science fair, and 25 more earned second place.

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