Class of 2016
The lasting legacy of what Ariana Kim and Sreelakshmi Kutty accomplished as high school science standouts now holds a permanent place in the night sky.
In late May, two minor planets within the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter were named for the recent graduates. Ariana and Sree earned the honor as finalists in the environmental engineering division of the 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
Former Minor Planet 33587 is now known as Arianakim. The name for Minor Planet 33590 is now Sreelakshmi. Both planets were discovered by the LINEAR Program of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
Ariana now attends the University of Southern California. Sree is a student at the University of Hawaii. They received their official certificates from the MIT Lincoln Laboratory and NASA.
Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, August 28, 2017