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40 Top High School Scientists Gather in Washington

March 4, 1989

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Forty of the nation’s most talented high school scientists showed off their projects Saturday as they prepared for an awards banquet that will distribute $140,000 in scholarships.

During their five days in town, the students have exhibited their projects to hundreds of people at the National Academy of Sciences and met with President Bush as well as congressmen and senators and scientists, said Liz Kilkenny, a spokeswoman from Westinghouse.

The students from 18 states were selected in the 48th annual Westinghouse Science Talent Search, which is administered by Science Service, a non-profit institution.

A total of 1,461 U.S. high school students entered independent research projects for judging, and 300 semi-finalists were selected. The final 40 were selected in January.

The awards to be announced at a banquet Monday night include a top prize of $20,000, two second prizes of $15,000 each, three third prizes of $10,000 and four fourth prizes of $7,500. The other 30 will receive $1,000 apiece.

The 40 students include 11 born in other countries - from the Soviet Union to Thailand - who now live in the United States. Among the states, New York leads with 19.

The 40 finalists are:

ARKANSAS:

Christopher McLean Skinner, 16, Little Rock, Hall High School.

CALIFORNIA:

Peter Andrew Eric Nigrini, 17, born in Toronto, now of La Habra Heights, La Habra High School.

FLORIDA:

Steven Lane Castle, 18, of Tampa, Gaither High School.

ILLINOIS:

Rowan Lockwood, 17, born in Toronto, now of Rockford, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora.

Brian Frederick Cohen, 17, of Chicago, Whitney Young Magnet High School.

Alexander Berman Lurie, 17, of Evanston, Evanston Township High School.

MARYLAND:

Jenny Jen-Yi Lin, 17, born in Taiwan, now of Columbia, McDonogh School in Owings Mills.

Jordan S. Ellenberg, 17, of Potomac, Winston Churchill High School.

MASSACHUSETTS:

Andrew William Jackson, 18, of Medfield, Roxbury Latin School in West Roxbury.

MICHIGAN:

Scott Raphael Schiamberg, 17, of Okemos, Okemos High School.

MINNESOTA:

Jason Scott Felsch, 18, of Rochester, John Marshall High School.

Missouri:

Daniel Allen Sherman, 17, of Columbia, Hickman High School.

MONTANA:

Allene Marie Whitney, 17, of Helena, Capital High School.

NEW JERSEY:

Divya Chander, 17, of River Vale, Pascack Valley High School in Hillsdale.

NEW MEXICO:

Michael Jared Stern, 17, of Montezuma, Armand Hammer United World College.

NEW YORK:

Wai Ling Ma, 18, born in Canton, China, now of Brooklyn, Brooklyn Technical High School.

Andrew James Gerber, 16, of Brooklyn, Midwood High School.

Erica Gail Klarreich, 16, of Brooklyn, Midwood High School.

Thomas Robert Westcott, 18, of Brooklyn, Midwood High School.

Michael Lee Maitland, 17, of Commack, Commack High School.

Kevin Nelson Heller, 17, of Dix Hills, Half Hollow Hills High School West.

Stacy Elisabeth Benjamin, 16, of New York, Francis Lewis High School in Flushing.

Al Thaddeus Avestruz, 17, born in the Philippines, now of Riverdale, Bronx High School of Science.

Tamir Alexandrovich Druz, 17, born in Israel, now of the Bronx, Bronx High School of Science.

David Armin Mahl, 17, of the Bronx, Bronx High School of Science.

Zoe Madeleine Marchal, 17, of the Bronx, Bronx High School of Science.

Raoul Posmentier, 17, of New York, Bronx High School of Science.

Vladimir Teichberg, 17, born in Moscow, now of Rego Park, Bronx High School of Science.

Simon Robert Zuckerbraun, 17, of New York, Bronx High School of Science.

Ana Josefina Pavich, 17, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, now of Long Island City, A. Philip Randolph High School in New York.

Rose Du, 16, born in Bangkok, Thailand, now of New York, Stuyvesant High School in New York.

Lucy Shigemitsu, 17, born in Japan, now of Elmhurst, N.Y., Stuyvesant High School in New York.

Richard Hawkins Christie, 15, of Penfield, Penfield High School.

Christopher Edward Pierpont, 17, of Wading River, Shoreham-Wading River High School in Shoreham.

NORTH CAROLINA:

Sharon Celeste Posey, 17, of Gary, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham.

OHIO:

Kristine Lee Willett, 18, of Wooster, Triway High School.

PENNSYLVANIA:

Ray Kuang Wang, 17, of Allentown, Central Catholic High School.

David Lawrence Haile, 17, of Reading, Holy Name High School.

VIRGINIA:

J. David Rosen, 17, of Springfield, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria.

WASHINGTON:

Mahbub Alam Majumdar, 17, born in Bangladesh, now of Richland, Hanford Secondary School.

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