Students headed for science contest

From Staff ReportsNovember 3, 2009 

— Six Triangle students will compete Friday for a chance to win the country's most prestigious science prize for teens.

The students will join 10 of their peers in Atlanta as regional finalists for the 2009 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology. Regional winners can win up to $3,000 and a chance to compete for the $100,000 national grand prize.

Five of North Carolina's seven finalists come from the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham. They are: Tian-Yi Jiang, Lanair Lett, Jinge Su, Di Deng and Patrick Yang. Yekaterina Shpanskaya, a home-schooled student in Raleigh, also qualified with her partner, Neil Shah of Greensboro.

N.C. School of Science and Mathematics students took the top prize in 2001, 2004 and 2008.

Regional winners will be announced Friday evening.

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