Harleysville Student Wins Young Invention Awards

HARLEYSVILLE PA – Ninth-grade student Rachel Bergey of Harleysville (at top left) recently received national recognition for her work to create a problem-solving invention that’s intended to help rid property owners of the destructive spotted lanternfly.

Bergey took home two honors from the fifth annual Invention Convention U.S. Nationals held virtually on July 2 (2020): the Young Visioneers Award, presented by Koch Industries, and a WilmerHale Patent Application Award for her idea, “Spotted Lanternflies – Stick’em or Trick’em” (top right).

Bergey was among nearly 500 award-winning inventors in kindergarten through 12th grade congratulated during the convention’s awards ceremony. More than 120,000 young inventors from across the United States competed at local affiliate events for a chance to participate in the event.

Invention Convention Worldwide is a global curricular program intended to meet national and state educational standards. It teaches student inventors problem-identification, problem-solving, and entrepreneurship and creativity skills, and builds confidence in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Photos of Bergey and her invention supplied to The Post by Invention Convention