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

 ROCKWELL, L.A. SCHOOLS HONOR STUDENT FINALISTS
 OF COMPUTER SCIENCE COMPETITION
 LOS ANGELES, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Eighteen Los Angeles-area students were recognized tonight for outstanding achievement in the field of computer science at the 14th annual Rockwell International/Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Computer Science Competition.
 The competition's grand prize of $2,000 was awarded to Kevin Chang, a resident of West Hills, Calif., and a senior at Van Nuys High School. Four first prizes of $1,000 each and 10 second prizes of $500 each also were awarded to area students at a banquet at the Biltmore Hotel, here.
 Chang's winning entry, "Automated Navigational Traffic," is an original computer system program designed to improve automobile travel safety.
 The Rockwell/LAUSD Computer Science Competition was established in 1978 to reward outstanding effort in computer sciences by area junior and senior high school students and to heighten interest among students in that 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.
 First prize winners were: Tony Small, a Taft High School junior from Tarzana; Mark Falco, an Eagle Rock High School senior from Los Angeles; Juan Serrano, a Belmont School senior from Los Angeles; and Arash Aziz-zadeh, a University High School senior from Los Angeles, for his "Digital Ink" handwriting recognition program that converts handwritten input to computer-usable text.
 Second prize winners were: Anshul Amar, a University High School sophomore from Los Angeles; Benjamin Marcus, an El Camino Real High School senior from Woodland Hills; the team of Hong Kim and Eugene Kim, a sophomore and senior, respectively, at Granada Hills High School from Northridge; Matthew Eliot, a San Pedro High School senior from Los Angeles; James Skrinska, a Narbonne High School senior from San Pedro; the team of Thomas Haraikawa, a Van Nuys High School Math/Science Magnet sophomore from Granada Hills and Mike Lei, a Van Nuys Math/Science junior from Panorama City; Byung Lee, a Granada Hills High School sophomore from Granada Hills; the team of Zachary Weinberg of Woodland Hills and Michael Mazur of West Hills, both freshen at Portola HG Magnet; Benjie Chen, a freshman at Palms Junior High School from Los Angeles; and Daniel Yun, a Bravo Medical Magnet junior from Granada Hills.
 Finalists were selected from entries presented by students from LAUSD's 121 junior and senior high schools.
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 /CONTACT: John Barksdale of Rockwell, 310-797-5819, or Pat Spencer of the LAUSD, 213-625-6766/
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