Finalists Named in 57th Annual Westinghouse Science Talent Search

Jan 27, 1998, 00:00 ET from Westinghouse Science Talent Search

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Photoelectrochemical solar cells, drug
 resistance in cancer chemotherapy, heat dissipation technology vital to
 shrinking the size and increasing the power of computers, and mathematical
 computer models that probe how children learn language, how the human nervous
 system works in an automobile collision, and how a female cricket stalks an
 attractive male -- these are just a few of the subjects that are turning on
 America's best and brightest high school scientists.
     The 40 national finalists named today in the 57th annual Westinghouse
 Science Talent Search submitted original research in these and dozens of other
 areas that are on the very leading edge of science.
     New York Schools, as Usual, Lead the Parade
     As in past years, New York high schools, with 15, contributed more
 finalists than any other state.  California and Maryland have 4 finalists
 each, followed by Florida and Virginia with 3 each, and Oklahoma with 2
     Ward Melville High School in Setauket, NY, has four finalists, the largest
 number of any individual high school.  In Virginia, Alexandria's Thomas
 Jefferson High School of Science and Technology contributed 3 finalists, and
 Lawrence High School in Cedarhurst, NY, contributed 2.
     Competing for $205,000 in Westinghouse Scholarships
     All high school seniors, Westinghouse finalists are not "future"
 scientists.  The research these 15- to 18-year-olds conducted to enter the
 nation's oldest high school science scholarship competition is adding to
 overall scientific knowledge.  Many are working with leading research teams at
 universities, hospitals and private laboratories.  Others are doing equally
 sophisticated work in their bedrooms or the basements of their homes.
 Some projects reflect concerns in a student's particular city or state.  For
 example, one of this year's finalists, a young man from Miami Beach, created a
 computer model that he believes improves meteorologists' ability to predict
 the direction of hurricanes.
     All are highly motivated.  A New Mexico student logged more than 5,900
 commuting miles to complete her research.
     The 40 finalists have won expense-paid trips to Washington, D.C, in March
 where they will undergo intensive interviews with a panel of 10 Ph.D/M.D.
 judges headed by Dr. J. Richard Gott, professor of astrophysical sciences at
 Princeton University.  Others on the panel are from Harvard, the University of
 Maryland, the National Institutes of Health, the Mathematical Sciences
 Research Institute in Berkeley, Ca., and the Emory University School of
 Medicine, Atlanta, Ga.
     They are competing for $205,000 in Westinghouse science scholarships,
 including the first-place $40,000 scholarship.  As Westinghouse finalists,
 they have already joined an elite group of scientists that includes:
     -- Five Nobel Prize winners
     -- Two winners of the Fields Medal, the Nobel equivalent in mathematics
     -- Three winners of the National Medal of Science
     -- Nine winners of MacArthur Foundation Fellowships, the so-called
         "genius awards"
     -- 56 Sloan Research Fellows
     -- Thirty elected to the National Academy of Sciences
     -- Four elected to the National Academy of Engineering
     Follow-up studies show that 95 percent of former finalists have pursued
 some branch of science as their major field of study and more than 70 percent
 have gone on to earn Ph.D.s or M.D.s.  But the interests of these highly
 intelligent and motivated students are not limited to science.  Many are
 accomplished musicians and/or athletes.  One of this year's winners is a
 vocalist who twice has won Gold Medals in the New York State School Music
 Association Solo Competition.  Another is a black belt in karate and a
 competitive figure skater.  Several are published poets.
     Students are eligible for the competition in their final year in high
 school only.  This year, one finalist is a graduating junior.  Another has
 been concurrently attending community college and high school, and this year
 will receive both his high school diploma and an associate degree in computer
 application design.
     Besides the $40,000 first-place scholarship, scholarships of $30,000 and
 $20,000 will also be awarded, along with three $15,000 scholarships and four
 $10,000 scholarships.  The remaining 30 finalists will receive $1,000 each.
 Scholarship winners will be announced in Washington March 8.
     Since they jointly created the Science Talent Search in 1942, Science
 Service and Westinghouse have administered it, with Science Service conducting
 the actual Search and funding and public relations support coming from the
 Westinghouse Foundation and Westinghouse Electric Corporation (NYSE:   WX).
 Science Service in a non-profit science education and news organization with
 offices in Washington.
     A complete list of finalists, their ages, addresses, phone numbers and
 high schools follows.
               57th Westinghouse Science Talent Search Finalists
     Ravi Vikram Shah, 17, 1726 East Knox Road, Tempe, AZ  85284, (602)
     345-7269, Corona Del Sol High School
     Ann Kromsky, 17, 1158 Willits Drive, Corona, CA  91720-3842, (909)
     549-3655, Corona High School
     James Greg Marsden, 17, 7060 Helmsdale Road, West Hills, CA  91307, (818)
     999-5426, North Hollywood
     High School
     Sohini Ramachandran, 15, 8541 Dominique Court, Fair Oaks, CA  95628, (916)
     966-2311, Rio Americano
     High School
     Jeremy Walter Shaw, 17, 3312 East Mandeville Place, Orange, CA  92867,
     (714) 282-9651, Villa Park High School
     Heather Margaret Matthews, 17, 1926 Wood Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO
     80907, (719) 634-8237, William J. Palmer High School
     Calvin K. Huang, 17, 5 Larchmont Court, Hockessin, DE  19707, (302)
     239-7891, Salesianum School
     Kimberly Anne Fitzgerald, 18, 15215 S.W. 78th Court, Miami, FL  33157,
     (305) 235-4298, Gulliver
     Preparatory School
     Aaron M. Seider, 17, 210 174th Street, Apartment 1607, Miami Beach, FL
     33160, (305) 936-9553, North Miami Beach Senior High School
     Carey Marie Tanner, 16, 12750 Yacht Club Circle, Fort Myers, FL  33919,
     (941) 466-9594, Canterbury School
     Travis Jeremy Schedler, 17, 102 South Parrish Lane, Carbondale, IL  62901,
     (618) 549-1932, Illinois Math & Science Academy
     Christopher Colin Mihelich, 16, 10998 Spring Mill Lane, Carmel, IN
     46032-8865, (317) 843-1971, Park-Tudor School
     Kirk Doran, 18, 8544 Brickyard Road, Potomac, MD  20854, (301) 983-3298,
     Walt Whitman High School
     Josh Evan Greene, 17, 7123 Smooth Path, Columbia, MD  21045, (410)
     290-8116, Oakland Mills High School
     Sabyasachi Guharay, 17, 4618 Learned Sage, Ellicott City, MD  21042, (410)
     997-0843, Wilde Lake High School
     David Jacob Wildstrom, 17, 10300 Parkwood Drive, Kensington, MD  20895,
     (301) 564-0039, Montgomery Blair
     High School
     Cheryl Kyung Kim, 16, 4683 Ravine Drive, Bloomfield Hills, MI  48301,
     (248) 539-9869, Detroit Country Day School
     William J. Greenleaf, 18, 1068 Plummer Lane, Rochester, MN  55902, (507)
     289-9090, Mayo High School
     New Mexico
     Stephanie Lynn Levine, 18, 12529 Indian Trail, N.E., Albuquerque, NM
     87112, (505) 294-1448, Eldorado High School
     New York
     Mark Evan Abraham, 18, 3 Short Road, Fayetteville, NY  13066, (315)
     446-9234, Jamesville-Dewitt High School
     Jesse Keith Anttila-Hughes, 17, 2743 Edgehill Avenue, Bronx, NY  10463,
     (718) 543-2443, Stuyvesant High School
     Parker Rouse Conrad, 17, 1120 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY  10128, (212)
     722-4848, Collegiate High School
     Christopher Michael Gerson, 17, 25 Annandale Road, Stony Brook, NY  11790,
     (516) 689-9259, Ward Melville
     High School
     Mark Anthony Grishaj, 17, 16 Dixwell Road 7A, New City, NY  10956, (914)
     638-3064, Ramapo Senior High School
     Jeremy C. Hwang, 17, 51 Beverly Road, Great Neck, NY  11021, (516)
     466-1375, Great Neck South High School
     Jonathan Adam Kelner, 17, 11 Windsor Drive, Old Westbury, NY  11568, (516)
     338-8821, The Wheatley School
     Grace Ann Lau, 17, 11 Settlers Way, Setauket, NY  11733, (516) 689-3146,
     Ward Melville High School
     Clyde Law, 17, 32 College Drive, Stony Brook, NY  11790, (516) 751-8187,
     Ward Melville High School
     Grace Yew-Mih Lee, 17, 246 Mott Avenue, Inwood, NY  11096, (516) 239-3651,
     Lawrence High School
     Thomas Petersen, 16, 1 Nob Hill Court, Setauket, NY  11733, (516)
     751-8932, Ward Melville High School
     Keith Jarred Rotbard, 17, 742 Vandam Street, North Woodmere, NY  11581,
     (516) 791-3953, Lawrence High School
     Michael Joseph Smolow, 17, 8 Imperial Court, Great Neck, NY  11023, (516)
     487-8177, Great Neck North
     High School
     Ameet Shrirang Talwalkar, 17, 46 Round Tree Drive, Melville, NY  11747,
     (516) 643-2043, Half Hollow Hills High School East
     Steven Mark Tobias, 17, 6 Winthrop Road, Plainview, NY  11803, (516)
     931-7095, Syosset High School
     Michael Yanche Lee, 17, 1800 Cedar Hill, Norman, OK  73072, (405)
     360-1426, Norman High School
     Stephen Alexander Tinnin, 18, 5625 Baylor Drive, Bartlesville, OK  74006,
     (918) 335-3311, McKinney High School, Texas
     Patrick William Goodwill, 17, 4120 New Forest Drive, Plano, TX  75093,
     (940) 369-5842, Texas Academy of
     Math & Science
     Paul Julius Bracher, 17, 7019 Haycock Road, Falls Church, VA  22043, (703)
     241-1975, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
     David Hayes Marcus, 17, 5192 Kimscott Court, Annandale, VA  22003, (703)
     323-6366, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
     Mary Ellen Matyskiela, 18, 11132 Flora Lee Drive, Fairfax Station, VA
     22039, (703) 250-0779, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and

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