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Feb. 22, 2015

Blazer advances in national science competition

by Amalia Chiapperino, Online Managing Editor
Blair senior and magnet student Michael Winer was one of forty finalists chosen on January 21 out of over 1,800 students to be recognized by the Society for Science and the Public in the Intel Science Talent Search, a nationally recognized annual competition that evaluates innovation in scientific research conducted by high school seniors.

Winer, whose project submission was titled "Interactions of Electrons and Phonons in a Crystal," used the same topic from a research project he developed while in the magnet program. He studied and researched the interactions between Phonons, which are sound particles, and electrons in crystal. "It was actually my mentor's idea to study how sound interacts with electrons," he said. "I came up with the idea of it being a crystal because crystals have an irregular array of atoms, which makes them a lot easier to study."
Senior Michael Winer is one of forty finalists in the 2015 Intel Science Talent Search competition. Ben Lickerman
Senior Michael Winer is one of forty finalists in the 2015 Intel Science Talent Search competition.

He learned about the opportunity to enter his project into the Intel Science Talent search in his classes and said that a lot of magnet students participate in the competition. "A lot of magnet students do a research project and a ton of magnet students do this competition," he said. Though he didn't expect to advance as far as he did, Winer was excited to find out he was a finalist. “I was very happy and slightly surprised,” he said.

Winer will travel to Washington D.C. along with the other 39 finalists on March 5 to present his work in another round of judging for the chance to win awards and prizes totaling over 1.6 million dollars, provided by the Intel Foundation.

For the first time since the competition started, there will be three grand prize medals of distinction awarded this year accompanied by a prize of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars each, instead of one grand prize worth one hundred thousand dollars. Winer and the other finalists will stay in the district for a week and awards will be given out at a gala held at the national Building Museum on March 10.

There have been forty-four finalists from Blair in the Intel Science Talent Search since the first competition in 1942, making it one of schools with the most finalists and Winer was one of < a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/three-intel-finalists-from-washington-area-high-schools/2015/01/21/c2ecdb36-a0ee-11e4-b146-577832eafcb4_story.html">three students< from the Washington-metropolitan area to be a finalist.



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