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RACINE GIRL WINS SECOND PLACE AWARD

 WASHINGTON, March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- A 17-year-old Chicago girl tonight was named winner of the first-place $40,000 college scholarship and a Racine, Wis., girl was named second place winner in the annual Westinghouse Science Talent Search.
 Elizabeth Michele Pine, who entered a biological research project, was the top award winner from among 1,662 seniors who entered the 52nd annual search, which is the nation's oldest high school competition and offers the largest unrestricted science scholarships.
 The second-place scholarship award of $30,000 went to Xanthi M. Merlo, 17, of Racine, Wis., who studied a newly discovered protein in blood plasma for her Science Talent Search biochemistry project.
 Third-place winner of a $20,000 scholarship was Lenhard Lee Ng, 16, of Chapel Hill, N.C., who submitted a mathematics project.
 The fourth- through tenth-place winners and scholarship amounts are, in order:
 -- Constance Lee Chen, 17, of San Diego, Calif., $15,000.
 -- Ryan David Egeland, 18, of Plymouth, Minn., $15,000.
 -- Wei-Hwa Huang, 17, of North Potomac, Md., $15,000.
 -- Mahesh Kalyana Mahanthappa, 16, of Boulder, Colo., $10,000.
 -- Steve Shaw-Tang Chien, 17, of Potomac, Md., $10,000.
 -- Elizabeth Dexter Mann, 17, of Silver Spring, Md., $10,000.
 -- Zachary Zisha Freyberg, 17, of Brooklyn, N.Y., $10,000.
 Selected as first and second alternates were Aaron James Passey, 18, of Bothell, Wash., and Michael Ward Itagaki, 18, of Honolulu, Hawaii.
 Three of the top 10 winners are seniors at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Md.
 The alternates and the 28 other finalists were awarded $1,000 scholarships each, making the total value of the awards $205,000.
 The winners were announced at an awards banquet at the Mayflower Hotel here.
 The awards were presented by Dr. J. Richard Gott, chairman of the board of judges and professor of astrophysical sciences at Princeton University.
 Westinghouse Electric Corporation (NYSE: WX) sponsors and underwrites the Science Talent Search. Science Service, a Washington- based non-profit corporation that furthers the public understanding of science, has conducted the program in partnership with Westinghouse throughout the search's 52-year history.
 The winners were selected by a panel of eight prominent scientists after interviews designed to evaluate the students' scientific creativity and potential.
 Of the 2,080 finalists in the Science Talent Search since its inception in 1942, five have won Nobel prizes, two have won Fields Medals for distinguished work in mathematics and eight have been awarded MacArthur Foundation Fellowships for research in the physical and life sciences. In addition, 28 former finalists have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and three to the National Academy of Engineering.
 For her winning project, Elizabeth Pine used DNA sequencing to help resolve a current controversy about two major groups of fungi -- mushrooms and false-truffles. She was able to show that some groups of mushrooms and false-truffles are each other's closest relatives. Elizabeth attends the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora.
 Second-place winner Xanthi Merlo believes her carefully constructed series of experiments show that the newly discovered protein, protein Z, can prolong blood clotting and will help lead to a better understanding of human hemostasis. She is first in her class at Washington Park High School in Racine.
 Third-place winner Lenhard Ng's project studied the likelihood of a shopper accurately determining the total cost of a number of groceries to the nearest dollar by rounding each item's price to the nearest dollar and adding all those prices together. He is first in his class at Chapel Hill High School.
 Fourth-place winner Constance Chen's medicine project investigated the relationship between certain leukemia cell genes and the capacity of leukemia cells to form tumors. She is a senior at La Jolla High School.
 Fifth-place winner Ryan Egeland investigated some of the ecological effects of sodium chloride in freshwater lakes resulting from roadway de-icing salt. He is a student at Wayzata Senior High School.
 Sixth-place winner Wei-Hwa Huang submitted a mathematics project involving the puzzle game Peg Solitaire. He attends Montgomery Blair High School.
 Seventh-place winner Mahesh Mahanthappa worked on an unsolved mathematics equation that may have important future applications in coding theories. He is first in his class at Fairview High School in Boulder.
 Eighth-place winner Steve Chien completed a mathematics project in which he devised a winning strategy for all higher dimensional forms of a mathematical game. He is first in his class at Montgomery Blair High School.
 Ninth-place winner Elizabeth Mann completed a computer science project aimed at reducing the time it takes a supercomputer to solve certain problems. She also is a student at Montgomery Blair High School.
 Tenth-place winner Zachary Freyberg entered a biochemistry project which could contribute to a better understanding of heart attacks. He attends Midwood High School at Brooklyn College.
 The awards banquet was attended by nearly 450 people. Speakers at the banquet were Gary M. Clark, acting chief executive officer of Westinghouse; Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg, a Nobel Laureate who is university professor of chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley, chairman of Science Service and a member of the board of Science Talent Search judges; and Dr. Alfred S. McLaren, president of Science Service.
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 /EDITORS: Names, ages, addresses and home telephone numbers of scholarship winners follow:
 52nd Westinghouse Science Talent Search Winners
 1) Elizabeth Michele Pine, 17, of 6936 S. Bennett Avenue, Chicago, Ill., of Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, 312-288-7610 -- $40,000;
 2) Xanthi M. Merlo, 17, of 3025 Spring Street, Racine, Wis., attends Washington Park High School, 414-634-0734 -- $30,000;
 3) Lenhard Lee Ng, 16, of 1107 Roosevelt Drive, Chapel Hill, N.C., of Chapel Hill High School, 919-942-3931 -- $20,000;
 4) Constance Lee Chen, 17, of 6219 Buisson St., San Diego, Calif., of La Jolla High School, 619-455-5626 -- $15,000;
 5) Ryan David Egeland, 18, of 16505 Birch Briar Trail, Plymouth, Minn., a student at Wayzata Senior High School, 612-473-6368 -- $15,000;
 6) Wei-Hwa Huang, 17, of 11813 Riding Loop Terrace, North Potomac, Md. of Montgomery Blair High School, 301-309-0033 -- $15,000;
 7) Mahesh Kalyana Mahanthappa, 16, of 2865 Darley Ave., Boulder, Colo., of Fairview High School, 303-499-0642 -- $10,000;
 8) Steve Shaw-Tang Chien, 17, of 9431 Sunnyfield Court, Potomac, Md., of Montgomery Blair High School, 301-299-3558 -- $10,000;
 9) Elizabeth Dexter Mann, 17, of 110 Dale Drive, Silver Spring, Md., a student at Montgomery Blair High School, 301-587-2821 -- $10,000;
 10) Zachary Zisha Freyberg, 17, of 2040 East 22 Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. of Midwood High School at Brooklyn College, 718-934-6817 -- $10,000./
 /CONTACT: Press Room, Mayflower Hotel, in Washington, 202-331-8070; or James Schmitt of Westinghouse Electric, in Pittsburgh, 412-642-4642, after 8 a.m., Tuesday, March 9/
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