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3 named semifinalists in national science competition

Three area students were named semifinalists in the fourth annual Broadcom MASTERS, a national science and engineering competition for students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades.

Lauren Barber, an eighth-grader at St. Timothy’s School in Raleigh; Emma Christensen, an eighth-grader at Stone Circle Academy in Greenville; and Elijah Shuford, a seventh-grader at Hope Middle School in Greenville were among five applicants in the state and 300 across the nation selected to be semifinalists, according to Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public.

Semifinalists were selected from more than 2,054 applicants. Applications received three independent readings and evaluations by distinguished scientists, engineers and educators.

Nominees qualified for Broadcom MASTERS, which stands for Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars, by being among the top 10 percent of the participants at the Society for Science & the Public’s affiliated science fairs.

The students are introduced to the scientific method and engineering process through science fair competitions and hands-on challenges that teach them critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity by focusing on project-based learning and teamwork in their areas of interest.

Semifinalists will receive a ribbon, certificate of accomplishment, a Broadcom MASTERS backpack, a one-year digital subscription to Science News magazine and Mathematica+.

In recognition of the role teachers play in the success of their students, each semifinalist’s classroom will receive a collection of Sally Ride Science Career Books, courtesy of Deloitte.

None of the semifinalists in the state were named finalists.