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Wetumpka High Student a finalist in prestigious competition

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SANTA CLARA, CA (WSFA) – A Wetumpka High student, Nicholas Mycroft Christensen, is a finalist in a prestigious competition that recognizes U.S. high school seniors as the "Most Promising Scientists of the Future".

Forty high school seniors from across the country were named finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search 2010, a program of Society for Science & the Public. 

Finalists will gather in Washington, D.C. in March 11-16 to compete for $630,000 in awards with the top winner receiving $100,000 from the Intel Foundation.

"This year's finalists are truly inspiring and they reaffirm our belief that programs like the Intel Science Talent Search foster a passion for math and science, subjects that are the foundation of the innovation that is the key to America's future success," said Shelly Esque, vice president of Intel's Corporate Affairs Group. "At Intel, we believe that we must invest in math and science education now to reap the benefits of that innovation later."

Society for Science & the Public (SSP), a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education, has owned and administered the Science Talent Search since its inception in 1942. This year marks Intel's 12th year sponsoring the program.

"Through their independent research that tackles some of the most challenging scientific issues of our time, these 40 finalists are preparing themselves to be the leaders of tomorrow," said Elizabeth Marincola, president of SSP. "We congratulate these young innovators on their extraordinary achievements and welcome them into the prestigious fold of the Science Talent Search, now in its 69th year."

For a list of all 40 finalists, visit www.societyforscience.org/sts.

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