[Homestead] Fine public schools (there are a lot of them) produce outstanding science students

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Wed Feb 2 18:39:11 EST 2005

Week of Jan. 29, 2005; Vol. 167, No. 5 , p. 70
The Heights of School Science: Select student research

rises to the top

Ben Harder

Original scientific research has earned each of 40 high

school students a coveted slot in the final round of the

2005 Intel Science Talent Search. These teens emerged from

a field of 1,600 competitors throughout the United States.

Collectively, the finalists will receive more than $500,

000 in scholarships.

Intel Corp. of Santa Clara, Calif., and Science Service,

publisher of Science News, announced the 40 names on Jan.

26. Science Service has administered the annual

competition for 64 continuous years, and Intel has

sponsored it since 1998.

Fifteen of this year's finalists are female, and 19

fluently speak at least two languages. Five were born in

China, one in Russia, and one in India.

"What's most encouraging is that these young people are

just beginning their scientific journeys," says Intel

chief executive Craig Barrett. "This group will be

responsible for future discoveries that . . . keep America

at the center of innovation."

Past finalists have gone on to capture prestigious

scientific awards. Last October, physicist Frank Wilczek

of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology became the

sixth former finalist to win a Nobel prize.

About a third of the 2005 finalists hail from New York.

One Maryland high school educated four finalists, and an

Illinois school trained three others.

Each of the finalists will receive a notebook computer and

a scholarship of $5,000 to $100,000 after a week of

science activities and a final round of judging in March

in Washington, D.C.

The finalists are:

Arizona: James Andrew Cahill, Flagstaff H.S., Flagstaff.

California: June-Ho Kim, Monta Vista H.S., Cupertino;

Aaron Sargent Goldin, San Dieguito High School Academy,

Encinitas; Amber Irish Hess, Robert Louis Stevenson

School, Pebble Beach; Kelley Harris, C.K. McClatchy H.S.,


Florida: Sarah Rose Langberg, Canterbury School, Fort

Myers; David Qianli Ying, Coral Reef Senior H.S., Miami;

Pooja Sunil Jotwani, Charles W. Flanagan H.S., Pembroke


Georgia: Sisi Monica Chen, Northview H.S., Duluth.

Illinois: Timothy Frank Credo, Abhi Gulati, and Lyra

Creamer Haas, all of Illinois Mathematics and Science

Academy, Aurora; Stephen Jacob DeVience, Notre Dame High

School for Boys, Niles.

Massachusetts: Albert Tsao, Brookline H.S., Brookline.

Maryland: Ryan Marques Harrison, Baltimore Polytechnic

Institute, Baltimore; Michael Andrew Forbes, Abigail Ann

Fraeman, Sherri Yifan Geng, and Justin Alexander Kovac,

all of Montgomery Blair H.S., Silver Spring.

Michigan: Samuel Mohun Bhagwat, Winston Churchill H.S.,


Minnesota: Michael Jeremy Barany, Roseville Area H.S.,


New Mexico: Robert Thomas Cordwell, Manzano H.S.,


New York: Stephen Curt Kramer, Byram Hills H.S., Armonk;

Neal Wadhwa, Ward Melville H.S., East Setauket; Bruce X.

Brewington, Fairport H.S., Fairport; Yingqiuqi Lei, Robert

F. Kennedy Community H.S., Flushing; Stanley Shang Chiang,

John L. Miller–Great Neck North H.S., Great Neck; Shan

Yuan Huang, Longwood H.S., Middle Island; Justin Scott

Becker, Hendrick Hudson H.S., Montrose; Karen Lynn

Geringer, Plainedge H.S., North Massapequa; Ling Pan, the

Brearley School, New York City; David Lawrence Vigliarolo

Bauer, Hunter College H.S., New York City; Olga

Pikovskaya, Midwood H.S., New York City; Sagar Viplov

Mehta, the Wheatley School, Old Westbury; Ailish Elizabeth

Bateman, Pierson H.S., Sag Harbor.

Ohio: Joline Marie Fan, Upper Arlington H.S., Upper


Texas: Ian Robert Haken, Texas Academy of Mathematics and

Science, Denton; Jimmy Chen Yang, Plano Senior H.S.,


Washington: Karl James Plank, Squalicum H.S., Bellingham.

Wisconsin: Po-Ling Loh, James Madison Memorial H.S.,


2005. Teen scientists move to finals in prestigious

competition. Intel Corporation/Science Service news

release. Jan. 26. Available at http://www.sciserv.org/sts

/press/20050126.asp or http://www.intel.com/pressroom/


Further Readings:

For a complete list of the names, project titles, and

biographies of the 40 finalists, go to http://www.sciserv


For a complete list of the 300 semifinalists of the Intel

Science Talent Search, by state, visit http://www.sciserv


For more information about the Intel Science Talent

Search, go to http://www.sciserv.org/sts/.

 From Science News, Vol. 167, No. 5, Jan. 29, 2005, p. 70.

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