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Elmira teen collects science honor.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Melissa Galloway, a senior at Elmira High School, was named a semifinalist in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search last week. Galloway, 18, is the first semifinalist from Elmira in the program's 61-year history, and one of only two in Oregon.

Galloway was in teacher Geriann Walker's science projects class last year, and was among several students to win previous honors. Her project examined the lead concentration of oyster shells in calcium supplements.

Galloway learned of the honor in a surprise, schoolwide assembly on Wednesday - her 18th birthday. Intel Corp. presented her and the school with checks for $1,000.

"I knew something was up," said Galloway, who spotted her parents talking with a news crew in the parking lot beforehand. "But I didn't know what."

Galloway credits Walker, an award-winning science teacher, with turning her on to science, specifically chemistry. She's not sure where she'll attend college, but wants to pursue a career in chemistry or medicine.

Elmira principal Gene Morgan praised both Walker and Galloway.

"She's just a super kid," he said of Galloway. "She's the prototype of what you would like a whole school to look like."

The talent search is the country's oldest and most prestigious science competition for high school seniors.

The other Oregon semifinalist is Thuu Thuy Le, an 18-year-old student at Oregon Episcopal School in Portland. The pair are among 300 chosen from 1,569 applicants from across the country.

Forty finalists will be announced later this month and receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., to attend the Science Talent Institute. Ten top winners will be selected from that group.
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