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p. TWELVE STUDENTS ARE FINALISTS IN THE SIEMENS WESTINGHOUSE SCIENCE&TECHNOLOGY COMPETITION p. Science and Math Whiz Kids Hailing From Missouri, Ohio, West Virginia, Georgia, Michigan, and Kentucky Will Vie For Top Scholarship Prize of $100,000 p. Regional Competition to Kick Off at the University of Notre Dame, November 4-5 p. p. NEW YORK, October 27, 2000Five individuals and three teams of high school students have been selected to compete in the Midwestern Region of the Siemens Westinghouse Science&Technology Competition, a leading scholarship and awards program.p. Created last year by the non-profit Siemens Foundation, the Siemens Westinghouse Science&Technology Competition promotes and advances science and mathematics education in America. The Competition is open to individuals and teams of high school students who develop independent research projects in the physical or biological sciences, or mathematics. Competitions in six regions across the United States (including the Midwestern States) will be held in November, 2000; regional scholarship winners will advance to further compete in Washington, D.C., December 9-11, for a top individual scholarship prize of $100,000. Separately, members of the top team will share a $100,000 scholarship. Five individual and five team runners-up on the national level will each be awarded $20,000 scholarships, with teams dividing their awards.p. MIDWESTERN STATES FINALISTS ANNOUNCEDp. “The University of Notre Dame and the other leading research universities inherently understand the need for rigorous coursework in the sciences and mathematics — from as early as grade school through the university level,” said Albert Hoser, chairman and CEO of the Siemens Foundation. “Our university partners are dedicated to delivering the knowledge and skills necessary for students to succeed as workers and professionals in a challenging and technologically advanced environment. These are the very skills that enhance U.S. competitiveness worldwide, and help make Siemens a key player in the global arena,” he added.p. The Siemens Foundation has partnered with six prestigious institutions to assist in judging and hosting the regional competitions throughout the fall: University of Notre Dame and Carnegie Mellon University (November 3-5); University of California, Berkeley and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (November 10-12); Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and The University of Texas at Austin (November 17-19).p. “Notre Dame is honored to join our peer institutions as a continuing partner in the Siemens Westinghouse Science&Technology Competition,” said Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “This competition is an exciting means of identifying young scientists and mathematicians and encouraging them to continue their studies in these critical disciplines.”p. “It is crucial that young people are prepared for the challenges that await them in an increasingly technology-based economy,” said Gaston Caperton, president of the College Board. “The College Board is proud to serve as a partner with Siemens and the University of Notre Dame to promote not only this competition, but also the advances in our understanding of science and technology that will result.p. Ultimately, the competitors in the Siemens Westinghouse Science&Technology Competition are not really competing against each other, but rather against the boundaries of human knowledge and limitations.” The Midwestern States Regional Finalists, whose entries are in subject disciplines spanning mathematics, biology, environmental science, physics, computer science and chemistry, will present their independent research projects to a panel of judges who are faculty members at the University of Notre Dame.p. MIDWESTERN STATES FINALISTS ANNOUNCEDp. The individual regional winner will receive an award of $3,000; members of the winning regional team will share a prize of $3,000. All regional runners-up will each be awarded a $1,000 scholarship with the team runners-up dividing the prize among team members. All of the prize money will be applied toward the winning students? undergraduate or graduate education.p. Panels of scientists and university faculty will serve as judges at the regional and national competitions, under the direction of the national education organizations the College Board and the Educational Testing Service, which have partnered with the Siemens Foundation to administer the Competition. Siemens is in no way involved with the selection of judges, nor does it influence their decisions.p. The guest speaker at the Notre Dame regional event will be Eric Wieschaus, one of three scientists awarded the 1995 Nobel Prize in medicine, a molecular biologist at Princeton University and a 1969 Notre Dame graduate.p. The Midwestern States Finalists and their respective categories of competition are:p. Missouri p. Elizabeth Kelley, Parkway West High School, Ballwin, MO (Individual)
Rasheed Sabar, Parkway West High School, Ballwin, MO (Individual)
p. Ohio p. Ann Lai, Hathaway Brown School, Shaker Heights, OH (Individual)
Daneng Li, Upper Arlington High School, Columbus, OH (Individual)
p. West Virginia Ashley Mulroy, The Linsly School, Wheeling, WV (Individual)
p. Georgia Krisda Chaiyachati, Columbia High School, Decatur, GA (Team leader)
Emem Adolf, Columbia High School, Decatur, GA (Member, CHAIYACHATI Team)
p. p. MIDWESTERN STATES FINALISTS ANNOUNCEDp. Kentucky p. Wei Deng, Dupont Manual Magnet High School, Louisville, KY (Team leader)
Clayton Smith, Dupont Manual Magnet High School, Louisville, KY (Member, DENG Team)
p. Michigan p. Jacob Walters, Apostolic Christian Academy, Ypsilanti, MI (Team leader)
Vincent Ashton, Apostolic Christian Academy, Ypsilanti, MI (Member, WALTERS Team)
Garyson Smith, Apostolic Christian Academy, Ypsilanti, MI (Member, WALTERS Team)
p. The Siemens Foundation is dedicated to providing scholarships and increasing access to higher education for students who are gifted in the sciences, mathematics and technology-related disciplines. Established in 1998 to promote and support educational activities, the Siemens Foundation recognizes and supports America’s most promising science and mathematics students and teachers, as well as schools that are doing the most to promote education in the hard sciences. Its mission is based on the culture of innovation, research and educational involvement and support that is a hallmark of Siemens’ U.S. operating companies and its parent company, Siemens AG.p. For more information about the Siemens Foundation and the Siemens Westinghouse Science&Technology Competition, please visit our website at

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