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Jan. 11, 2006

Blair ties New York school for most Intel semifinalists in the nation

by Eve Gleichman, Online Editor-in-Chief
Twelve Blair seniors were selected as semifinalists in the 65th annual Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS), according to a Jan. 11 Intel press release. Blair tied for the most semifinalists in the country with Ward Melville High School in East Setauket, NY.

Although Blair was the only school representing Montgomery County, there were 15 total semifinalists from Maryland, with two coming from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and one from River Hill High School in Clarkesville. Seven students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, VA, were chosen as semifinalists.
Blair's 12 Intel seminfinalists.
<i>Photo courtesy Dennis Heidler.</i>
Blair's 12 Intel seminfinalists. Photo courtesy Dennis Heidler.

Blair had the most semifinalists in last year's competition, with thirteen semifinalists moving on. In 2004, Blair finished second to Stuyvesant High School in New York City for most in the nation. Stuyvesant had eight semifinalists this year.

This year's 300 semifinalists were chosen from 1,558 entrants representing 486 high schools in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and an overseas school. In reviewing Intel STS entries, judges examined each entrant's research ability, creative thinking and scientific originality. Research covered "all disciplines of science including biochemistry, chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, behavioral science and medicine and health," according to the press release.

Each semifinalist will be awarded $1,000 as well as a matching amount going to their school.

On Jan. 25, forty finalists will be selected to attend the Intel Science Talent Institute from March 9-14, 2006, in Washington, D.C., where they will compete for $530,000 in scholarship money. The top ten finalists will be honored at a black-tie banquet and awards ceremony on March 15, with the first overall finalist receiving a $100,000 scholarship.

Blair's semifinalists are:

Alexander Alm
Pria Anand
Kiran Bhat
Clair Briggs
Lu Chen
Debbie Cheng
Shwetadwip Chowdury
Gregory Howard
June Hu
Minh Huynh-Le
Andy Jiang
Chelsea Zhang

Click here for a complete list of semifinalists.

Correction: This article originally stated incorrectly that Blair had the most Intel semifinalists in the nation.

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  • !!! =) on January 11, 2006 at 8:12 PM
    congrats guys!! that's amazing!
  • 07 junior on January 11, 2006 at 8:12 PM
    wow, congrats!
  • 07 mag on January 11, 2006 at 8:58 PM
    wow, go seniors!
  • awesome on January 11, 2006 at 9:06 PM
    great job guys!
  • Ben Green on January 11, 2006 at 9:19 PM
    Congrats Alex, Pria, Kiran, Clair, Lu, Debbie, Shweta, Greg, June, Minh, Andy, and Chelsea!!!!

    Good luck to ALL of you for the finals!
  • '06 Magnet on January 11, 2006 at 10:20 PM
    congrats to everyone
  • Jon B :-D on January 11, 2006 at 10:38 PM
    YAY MINH!!!!!!!
  • 07 on January 12, 2006 at 7:28 AM
  • Magnet '08 (View Email) on January 12, 2006 at 8:09 AM
    Magnet pride, ppls. Magnet pride.
  • libertarian blazer on January 12, 2006 at 9:41 AM
    niccce good job guys. u are incredible. gl with finalist selection!
  • Intel Semifinalist 05 on January 12, 2006 at 11:02 AM
    Fantastic job, all of you. It's good to see that the Magnet continues to be nationally renowned for our research work. You may take it for granted now, but it will become clear to everyone in all of your ensuing college years what a great experience it is to go to Blair. And that doesn't just go for the semifinalists.

    I wish you the best of luck in the finals. '05 had 4 (or 5, depending on how you count) finalists. You know you want to top us.
  • Monica on January 12, 2006 at 11:48 AM
    You guys are amazing, especially the ones that are on Chips!
  • 1337 h4x0r on January 12, 2006 at 12:12 PM
    4ndy ji4ng i5 my 4zn h3r0
  • an how on January 12, 2006 at 1:08 PM
    That's some good researchin'
  • Sheila on January 12, 2006 at 3:31 PM
    YAY! I'm so glad for '06, guys! Keep up the tradition!
  • Naveen Arora on January 12, 2006 at 4:21 PM
    Yeah, Magnet...
  • varun on January 12, 2006 at 5:45 PM
    congrats, guys. good luck in finals.
  • 1337 master on January 12, 2006 at 8:54 PM
    I agree. Andy Jiang is a G.
  • swimmer on January 13, 2006 at 11:17 AM
    yay debbie + minh !!!!!!
  • anonymous (View Email) on January 13, 2006 at 3:13 PM
    Uhm, how many Americans are on this list? Zhang, Jiang, Chou, Le, Hu, Cheng, Chen, Globalization
  • woot on January 13, 2006 at 3:23 PM
    i think all of them are amazing, whether they write for chips or not...
  • Anonymous on January 13, 2006 at 7:43 PM
    How many awesome people are on this list? Yea, that's right, 12!
  • katie on January 14, 2006 at 12:05 PM
    clearly having an asian-sounding last name makes you not an american!
  • To anonymous on January 14, 2006 at 12:51 PM
    What does it matter what race the semifinalists are? Stop hating and start appreciating. Congrats to everyone.

    And just for the record...both Briggs and Alm sound to me like American names.
  • sco lover <33 on January 14, 2006 at 4:24 PM
    holla atcho boy, intel semifinalists! big ups!
  • conceited money maker on January 14, 2006 at 9:48 PM
    wow, $1000 ?! I guess Intel does allow the semis to bring in the dough... I wish I was a semi-finalist.
  • Terry on January 15, 2006 at 12:46 AM
    Anonymous: they're all American, idiot. It's not globalization when American students who happen to be of ethnic background represent their own schools.
  • melting pot on January 16, 2006 at 7:54 PM
    haha, globalization...yeah right. we're a country of immigrants. you, your ancestors. it's all the same.
  • Anonymous on January 17, 2006 at 9:33 PM
    Oh, I'm sorry, by American did you mean...white? Yes, because obviously all Americans are white.
  • Tyler on January 27, 2006 at 12:12 PM
    Blair Swim team has the most intel semi-finalists on a HS swim team in the NATION!
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