Regional high school sophomore Eli Hanschka won a second place award at the South Shore Regional Science Fair on Saturday, earning him a spot in the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair.

Eli received the second place award, as well as a naval science award, for his project Wave Energy: Harnessing the Power of Waves. The project previously won first prize at the high school science fair last month. He will join 39 other students in the statewide science fair, held May 2-4 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Students who place first, second or third in the regional competition are invited to participate.

A group of nine students traveled with regional high school science teacher Jacqueline Hermann to Bridgewater State University on Saturday for the day-long regional event, departing on a 6 a.m. boat and not returning until 7:30 p.m. The fair featured 133 projects from 23 schools on the South Shore.

Martha’s Vineyard students are eligible to compete in the South Shore Regional if they take a top-three placement at the school science fair. Other participants were Madeline Alley, Sydney Minnehan, Lee Faraca, Henry Gallagher, Kevin Montambault, Charlie Parkhurst, Andrew Ruimerman and Grant Santos.