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ROCKWELL, L.A. SCHOOLS HONOR STUDENT FINALISTS OF COMPUTER SCIENCE COMPETITION

 LOS ANGELES, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Twenty-seven Los Angeles-area students were recognized last night for outstanding achievement in the field of computer science at the 15th annual Rockwell International/Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Computer Science Competition.
 The competition's grand prize was awarded to the team of Ben Young from West Hills and Jennie Yoder from North Hills, both seniors at Van Nuys High School. Four first prizes and 10 second prizes also were awarded to area students at an awards banquet at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
 Young and Yoder's winning entry, "Computerized Artificial Environment: Sense and Respond (CAESaR)," is a model of a life support system for use in a self-contained bio-unit such as a space station or planetary colony. The CAESaR system contains various types of sensors that constantly monitor the environment to check for hazards that might endanger life, such as toxicity in the atmosphere, radiation and fire. Upon detection, the CAESaR system can be directed to respond by activating safety devices to eliminate or guard against the danger.
 Rockwell presented the team of Young and Yoder with a check for $2,000, for their grand prize-winning project.
 The Rockwell/LAUSD Computer Science Competition was established in 1978 to reward outstanding effort in computer science by area junior and senior high school students and to heighten interest among students in the field. Students are asked to submit original work in one of five categories: computer programming, computer-related hardware, computer system design (hardware and software), application of commercial software, or an essay on a topic in the field of computer science. This year's theme was "Technology: Focus on the Future."
 First prize checks of $1,000 each were presented to: Daniel Yun, a Bravo Medical Magnet senior from Granada Hills, for his design of "Armageddon: The Final Assault" computer game; the team of Michael Mazur from West Hills and Jason Kassel from Northridge, a sophomore and a senior, respectively, at Van Nuys Math/Science Magnet, for their "Computer-Aided Video Teleconferencing" program, a video conferencing system using a standard 13-inch cathode ray screen rather than the 1.5-inch LCD screen used by commercial video phones; Alonso Favela, a Garfield High senior from Los Angeles, for his "Educational Telecommunications Integration Project," a bulletin board system that enables students and teachers to communicate electronically and access online databases; and the team of Arkadiusz Wdowiak from Van Nuys and Arthur Jerijian from Sherman Oaks, both Van Nuys High School seniors, for their "D-- Computer Language for Inexperienced Users," an original programming language designed for beginners.
 Second-prize checks of $500 each were presented to: Mike Nguyen, a Bravo Medical Magnet senior from Los Angeles; the team of Vicky Nguyen from Van Nuys and Wayne Yakura from Northridge, a junior and senior, respectively, at Van Nuys Math/Science Magnet; Jaime Carrasco, a Van Nuys High School senior from Van Nuys; Kenneth Hsu, a Van Nuys High School senior from Northridge; Stephen Sorkin from Los Angeles, an Eagle Rock Highly Gifted Magnet High School freshman; and the Van Nuys High School teams of Matthew Faye from Northridge, and Mike Lei from Panorama City; Amal Puswella from West Hills, Linda Falsafi-Haghighi from Van Nuys and Jeff Chan from Canoga Park; Bernard Yoo from Granada Hills, Alexander Kuo from Northridge and Julie Rapoport from Van Nuys; Michael Bateman from Van Nuys and Brian Jennings from Los Angeles; and David Sokol from Panorama City, Paul Anand from Reseda, and Tunc Yazici from Panorama City.
 Finalists were selected from entries presented by students from LAUSD's 121 junior and senior high schools. Entries were judged for technical complexity, innovation and presentation. Projects were initially screened by a team of LAUSD judges and then forwarded to a panel of Rockwell executives for final selection.
 "We've had very interesting and unique projects in new areas such as telecommunications among this year's entries," said Ken Rasmussen, Manager, Service Support, Rockwell Information Systems Center, and a member of the judging committee. "It was quite a challenge judging them."
 Rockwell International is a multi-industry company applying advanced technology to a wide range of products in its electronics, industrial automation, aerospace, automotive and graphics businesses.
 ROCKWELL-LAUSD 1993 COMPUTER SCIENCE COMPETITION WINNERS
 Student Project School Sponsor
 GRAND PRIZE WINNER: $2,000
 Ben Young & Computerized Van Nuys H.S. Richard Mallot
 Jennie Yoder Artificial Math/Science Irwin Pascul
 Environment: Magnet 818-781-2371
 Sense and
 Respond (CAESaR)
 FIRST PRIZE WINNERS: $1,000
 Daniel Yun Armageddon: The Bravo Medical Joanne McCarthy
 Final Assault Magnet 213-342-0428
 Michael Mazur Computer-Aided Van Nuys Herman Clay
 & Jason Kassel Video Tele- Math/Science Irwin Pascul
 conferencing Magnet 818-781-2371
 Alonso Favela Educational Tele- Garfield High Linda Thompson
 communications Computer 213-268-9361
 Integration Science
 Project
 Arkadiusz D-- Computer Van Nuys H.S. Glenn Laird
 Wdowiak & Language for Irwin Pascul
 Arthur Inexperienced 818-781-2371
 Jerijian Users
 SECOND PRIZE WINNERS: $500
 Mike Nguyen Souls of War Bravo Medical William
 Magnet Pasderin
 213-342-0428
 Vicky Nguyen & Ethics Screening Van Nuys H.S. Carolyn
 Wayne Yakura Program (E.S.P.) Math/Science Barnhart
 Magnet Cindy Myers
 818-781-2371
 Jaime Carrasco Multifaceted Van Nuys H.S. Xuan-An Tran
 Business 818-781-2371
 Assessment
 Program
 Kenneth Hsu ThinkTank: An Van Nuys H.S. Irwin Pascul
 Experiment in 818-781-2371
 Machine Learning
 Matthew Faye & Air Traffic Van Nuys Richard Meyer
 Mike Lei Control Warning Math/Science Irwin Pascul
 System Magnet 818-781-2371
 Amal Puswella, The Fast Van Nuys H.S. Arthur
 Linda Falsafi- Way to Learn Alshiller
 Haghighi & Gail Marshall
 Jeff Chan Irwin Pascul
 818-781-2371
 Bernard Yoo, Dynamic Rapid Van Nuys H.S. Robert Coutts
 Alexander Kuo, Transit Irwin Pascul
 & Julie 818-781-2371
 Rapoport
 Michael Spectrum Van Nuys Irwin Pascul
 Bateman & Math/Science Richard Meyer
 Brian Jennings Magnet 818-781-2371
 Paul Anand, iNSaNiTy Bulletin Van Nuys H.S. Joan Martin
 Damon Sokol & Board System Martha McIntyre
 Tunc Yazici Roland Neundorf
 818-781-2371
 Stephen Sorkin Math Graphics Eagle Rock Koh Ikeda
 H.S. HG Magnet 213-254-7767
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: To reach any of the above winners, contact the student's sponsor at the name given at right./
 /CONTACT: Christine Castro or Virgilio Labrador of Rockwell, 310-797-5819; or Pat Spencer of LAUSD, 213-625-6766./


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