ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The future is bright for Hidden Valley High School junior, Franziska Borneff, as she took home a first-place award at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Dallas, Texas.

Borneff won in the ‘Earth and Environmental Sciences’ category with her project titled, ‘Measuring the Effects of Climate Change on Arctic Rivers.’ Not only did she win first place, but her research also revived two special accolades: the Excellence in Geography and Geospatial Science Award and the NOAA Judges Award.

Scholarships and prizes are distributed to student winners throughout the fair. Boneff’s achievements earned her a $5,000 prize for the first-place finish in her category.

Two more Roanoke County students competed in this year’s ISEF: Aanandi Parashar from Hidden Valley High School and Claire Wei from Cave Spring High School.

Franziska Borneff at the Roanoke County Science Fair in Feb. 2023 (Photo courtesy: Roanoke County Public Schools)