I have participated in science fairs since 8th grade, and now I'm a sophomore.
I won the grand award at my county three years in a row, and I went to the California State Science Fair and got an honorable mention (1st year) and 2nd place in my category (2nd year), and I'm going to it again this year.
In addition, I am a two-time Intel International Science Fair (ISEF) finalist (freshman and sophomore year), which means that I am one of the 1200 high school students in the whole world who qualify for the final stage of the science Fair competition system.
What impact does my science fair experiences and achievements have on a Harvard/Stanford/MIT/Yale application? Is this considered a national level achievement? And can it boost my application the same way as the "Research Institute" boosted Allen Cheng's Harvard application?
Also, if I got a category placement award at the International fair (ISEF) finals, would that be considered a lot stronger than just being a two-time finalist?
Please answer the truth, even if it's negative and harsh...