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Young scientists compete in talent search.

Persistence, curiosity, and hard work have paid off for 40 high school seniors selected this week as finalists in the 52nd Westinghouse Science Talent Search. More than 1,600 students from 684 schools entered the search, a competition for scholarships as well as for recognition of scientific potential. It is sponsored by Westinghouse Electric Corp. in partnership with Science Service, Inc., in Washington, D.C.

The 13 female and 27 male finalists will come to Washington for the Science Talent Institute March 4 through 8. During this all-expenses-paid trip, they will meet prominent researchers, visit local science institutions, and display their projects at the National Academy of Sciences. A panel of eight scientists will interview each finalist and select one to receive a $40,000 scholarship ($10,000 per year). The runner-up will be awarded $30,000, and the third-place winner, $20,000, both over four years. Three finalists will each receive $15,000 scholarships, and four more will earn $10,000 each. The remaining 30 finalists will receive $1,000 each.

"Perhaps the most exciting thing about the Westinghouse Science Talent Search is that these students, from all over the country, represent a new generation of young Americans," says Alfred S. McLaren, president of Science Service, Inc. "Their selection is not only a tribute to their enthusiasm, dedication, and hard work, but to the teachers and parents who encouraged and supported them." This year's finalists, age 16 to 18, are: CALIFORNIA: George C. Lee, Mission San Jose H.S., Fremont; Constance Lee Chen, La Jolla H.S., La Jolla.

COLORADO: Mahesh Kalyana Mahanthappa, Fairview H.S., Boulder.

CONNECTICUT: Moon Duchin, Stamford H.S., Stamford.

FLORIDA: Ha Van Nguyen, Pensacola H.S., Pensacola.

HAWAII: Michael Ward Itagaki Punahou School, Honolulu.

ILLINOIS: Elizabeth Michele Pine, Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy, Aurora.

INDIANA: Ann Nicole Zawistoski, Edgewood H.S., Ellettsville; Alexis Laura Michael, Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics and Humanities, Muncie.

KANSAS: Ravi Shanker Kamath, Shawnee Mission East H.S., Prairie Village.

MARYLAND: Mian-Lai Liu, Walt Whitman H.S, Bethesda; Ken Sandor Wang, Eleanor Roosevelt H.S., Greenbelt; Steve Shaw-Tang Chien, Wei-Hwa Huang, and Elizabeth Dexter Mann, Montgomery Blair H.S., Silver Spring.

MINNESOTA: Mark Alan Johnson, Aitkin H.S. Aitkin; Mayukh Vasant Sukhatme, Spring Lake Park Senior H.S., Minneapolis; Ryan David Egeland, Wayzata Senior H.S., Plymouth.

MISSISSIPPI: Judah David Friedman, Saint Andrew's Episcopal School, Jackson; Robin Nanette Nazaretian, Long Beach Senior H.S. Long Beach.

NEW MEXICO: Blake W. Thomas, Moriarty H.S., Moriarty,

NEW YORK: Youngju Ryu, Bronx High School of Science, Bronx; Zachary Zisha Freyberg, Midwood High School at Brooklyn College, Brooklyn; Dayida Alpert Rapoport, Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns & Rockaway, Cedarhurst; Martin Adrian Fisch and Erwin Lin, Stuyvesant H.S, New York City; Jonathan Gregory Shafter, Paul D. Schreiber Senior H.S., Port Washington; Willis Huang, Roslyn H.S., Roslyn Heights.

NORTH CAROLINA: Lenhard Lee Ng, Chapel Hill H.S.; Anthony Yu-Chung Ku, North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics, Durham.

OHIO: Daniel Cramer Stevenson, Hudson H.S. Hudson.

TEXAS: Cyrus Pouraghabagher, Texas Academy of Mathematics & Science, Denton; Juan Carlos Aguayo, Dunbar H.S., Ft. Worth.

VIRGINIA: Lea GabrielIe Potts, Mount Vernon H.S., Alexandria; Andrew Olstrom Dittmer and Michael Steven Montemerlo, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, Alexandria; Ernst H. Kastning III, Radford H.S., Radford.

WASHINGTON: Aaron James Passey, Bothell Senior H.S., Bothell.

WEST VIRGINIA: Suzee Eurie Lee, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H.

WISCONSIN: Xanthi M. Merlo, Washington Park H.S. Racine.
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Title Annotation:52nd Westinghouse Science Talent Search
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Date:Jan 30, 1993
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