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FINALISTS SELECTED IN 52ND WESTINGHOUSE SCIENCE TALENT SEARCH

 WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The 40 finalists in the 52nd annual Westinghouse Science Talent Search were announced today by Dr. Alfred S. McLaren, president of Science Service, Inc.
 The finalists, selected from 300 semifinalists announced January 19, will compete for $205,000 in scholarships provided by the Westinghouse
Electric Corporation (NYSE: WX). A total of 1,662 U.S. high school seniors entered independent research projects for judging.
 The search is the oldest high school science scholarship competition in the United States. The top prize is a $40,000 scholarship.
 The 40 finalists, 13 young women and 27 young men, come from 20 states, 36 schools and 33 cities. This year, 18 high schools placed finalists for the first time. New York leads the list with seven STS finalists, followed by Maryland with five and Virginia with four. Four finalists were born outside of the United States, in the countries of Vietnam, the Peoples' Republic of China, South Korea and Taiwan.
 Final judging will take place in Washington from March 4 through March 8. Each student will be interviewed by a panel of eight scientists to evaluate the student's scientific creativity. Based on the interviews, 10 top scholarship winners will be selected.
 Five former search winners have earned the Nobel Prize and hundreds of others have made significant contributions to their fields of science. The non-profit corporation, Science Service, Inc., conducts the Search in partnership with Westinghouse.
 The scholarship winners will be announced in Washington on March 8. In addition to the $40,000 first prize, one student will win a $30,000 scholarship, one will receive a $20,000 scholarship, three will receive $15,000 scholarships, and four will earn $10,000 scholarships. The other 30 finalists each will receive $1,000 scholarships.
 Among the finalists are the following:
 -- George C. Lee, 18, of Fremont, Calif., who studied the use of bioremediation in oil spills on the California Coast. He is first in his class at Mission San Jose High School.
 -- Mahesh Kalyana Mahanthappa, 16, of Boulder, Colo., worked on an unsolved mathematics equation which could have important future applications in coding theory. Mahesh is a student at Fairview High School.
 -- Ha Van Nguyen, 16, of Pensacola, Fla., selected a psychology project in which he analyzed the differences in spatial perception abilities between men and women. Born in Vietnam, Ha is a student at Pensacola High School.
 -- Michael Ward Itagaki, 18, of Honolulu, Hawaii, selected an organic chemistry project to synthetically produce cancer-killing molecules that have heretofore been found only in nature. Michael is a student at Punahou School.
 -- Elizabeth Michele Pine, 17, of Chicago, conducted research at the Field Museum of Natural History to help resolve a classification controversy surrounding two major groups of fungi -- mushrooms and false-truffles. She attends the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora.
 -- Elizabeth Dexter Mann, 17, of Silver Spring, Md., working with the nCUBE 2 supercomputer at the Alabama Supercomputer Network, completed a project aimed at reducing the time it takes a supercomputer to solve problems. Elizabeth is a student at Montgomery Blair High School.
 -- Zachary Zisha Freyberg, 17, of Brooklyn, N.Y., entered a biochemistry project that could contribute to a better understanding of heart attacks. Zachary attends Midwood High School at Brooklyn College.
 -- Juan Carlos Aguayo, 18, of Fort Worth, Texas, studied the stability and longevity of asteroid orbits in and near Kirkwood gaps -- voids in the asteroid belt believed to be caused by gravitational forces exerted by Jupiter. He is a student at Dunbar High School.
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 /EDITORS: A complete list of the 40 Science Talent Search finalists follows. Brief descriptions of their research projects, backgrounds and telephone numbers are available from Westinghouse.
 CALIFORNIA
 -- George C. Lee, 18, of 679 Olive Avenue, Fremont, of Mission San Jose High School;
 -- Constance Lee Chen, 17, of 6219 Buisson St., San Diego, of La Jolla High School
 COLORADO
 -- Mahesh Kalyana Mahanthappa, 16, of 2865 Darley Ave., Boulder, of Fairview High School
 CONNECTICUT
 -- Moon Duchin, 17, of 171 Blackberry Drive, Stamford, of Stamford High School
 FLORIDA
 -- Ha Van Nguyen, 16, of 610 Edgewater Drive, Pensacola, of Pensacola High School
 HAWAII
 -- Michael Ward Itagaki, 18, of 2326 Armstrong St., Honolulu, of Punahou School
 ILLINOIS
 -- Elizabeth Michele Pine, 17, of 6936 S. Bennett Avenue, Chicago, of Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
 INDIANA
 -- Ann Nicole Zawistoski, 17, of 400 Kelli Drive, Ellettsville, of Edgewood High School;
 -- Alexis Laura Michael, 17, of 53073 Ba-j-er Lane, South Bend, of Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities
 KANSAS
 -- Ravi Shanker Kamath, 16, of 8306 W. 98th Terrace, Overland Park, of Shawnee Mission East High School
 MARYLAND
 -- Ken Sandor Wang, 17, of 4411 West Caroline Ave., Beltsville, of Eleanor Roosevelt High School;
 -- Mian-Lai Liu, 17, of 8636 Melwood Road, Bethesda, of Walt Whitman High School;
 -- Wei-Hwa Huang, 17, of 11813 Riding Loop Terrace, North Potomac, of Montgomery Blair High School;
 -- Steve Shaw-Tang Chien, 17, of 9431 Sunnyfield Court, Potomac, of Montgomery Blair High School;
 -- Elizabeth Dexter Mann, 17, of 110 Dale Drive, Silver Spring, a student at Montgomery Blair High School
 MINNESOTA
 -- Mark Alan Johnson, 17, of Route 2, Aitkin, of Aitkin High School;
 -- Ryan David Egeland, 18, of 16505 Birch Briar Trail, Plymouth, a student at Wayzata Senior High School;
 -- Mayukh Vasant Sukhatme, 17, of 426 Oak Creek Court, Vadnais Heights, of Spring Lake Park High School
 MISSISSIPPI
 -- Robin Nanette Nazaretian, 18, of 123 Shelter Rock Drive, Long Beach, of Long Beach Senior High School;
 -- Judah David Friedman, 17, of 216 Fox Hollow Place, Madison, of St. Andrew's Episcopal School
 NEW MEXICO
 -- Blake W. Thomas, 17, of, Edgewood, a student at Moriarty High School
 NEW YORK
 -- Martin Adrian Fisch, 17, of 334 College Road, Bronx, of Stuyvesant High School;
 -- Youngju Ryu, 18, of 64-52 214th Street, Bayside, attends Bronx High School of Science;
 -- Zachary Zisha Freyberg, 17, of 2040 East 22 Street, Brooklyn, of Midwood High School at Brooklyn College;
 -- Erwin Lin, 17, of 14-22 College Point Blvd., College Point, attends Stuyvesant High School;
 -- Willis Huang, 17, of 34 Birchdale Lane, Port Washington, of Roslyn High School;
 -- Jonathan Gregory Shafter, 17, of 161 Soundview Drive, Port Washington, attends the Paul D. Schreiber High School;
 -- Davida Alpert Rapoport, 17, of 364 Island Avenue, Woodmere, of Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway
 NORTH CAROLINA
 -- Anthony Yu-Chung Ku, 18, of 115 Lochwood West, Cary, of North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics;
 -- Lenhard Lee Ng, 16, of 1107 Roosevelt Drive, Chapel Hill, of Chapel Hill High School
 OHIO
 -- Daniel Cramer Stevenson, 17, of 123 Clairhaven Drive, Hudson, of Hudson High School
 TEXAS
 -- Cyrus Pouraghabagher, 17, of Denton, of Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science;
 -- Juan Carlos Aguayo, 18, of 3306 Runnels Street, Fort Worth, of The High School For Science and Engineering Professions at Dunbar
 VIRGINIA
 -- Lea Gabrielle Potts, 17, of 9407 Mount Vernon Circle, Alexandria, a student at Mount Vernon High School Michael Steven Montemerlo, 18, of 9619 Villagesmith Way, Burke, a student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology;
 -- Ernst H. Kastning III, 17, of Radford, from Radford High School;
 -- Andrew Olstrom Dittmer, 17, of 2601 Five Oaks Road, Vienna, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
 WASHINGTON
 -- Aaron James Passey, 18, of 23212 53rd Ave. S.E., Bothell, a student at Bothell High School
 WEST VIRGINIA
 -- Suzee Eurie Lee, 17, of 526 Sheridan Circle, Charleston, a student at Phillips Exeter Academy
 WISCONSIN
 -- Xanthi M. Merlo, 17, of 3025 Spring Street, Racine, attends Washington Park High School./
 /CONTACT: William MacLaurin of Westinghouse Electric, 412-642-3430/
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