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March 20, 2006

Blazers garner multiple awards at county science fair

by Varun Gulati, Page Editor
Blair seniors and juniors won 37 awards at the 50th Montgomery County Science Fair, held at the Montgomery County Fair Grounds from March 10-12.

Senior Alice Li's project was one of four to receive the grand award. Li will receive $250 and an expense-paid trip to the 57th Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), held from May 7-13 in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she will compete for the grand prize of $50,000. Senior John Silberholz received $100 and was named as an alternate for the ISEF trip.

The following is a list of awards given to Blair students:

Yueyang (Alice) Li
Transient Gene Expression in HEK-293 Cells: Efficacy of Liposomal
Transfection for Protein Production by Suspension Cultures

1st Runner Up:
John Silberholz
Computer Science
The Application of Novel Improvements in Genetic Algorithms to Generalized
Traveling Salesman Problem Heuristics


Behavioral and Social Sciences
2nd: Ryan Ly

1st: Yueyang Li

Computer Science
1st: John Silberholz
2nd: Daniel Green

Earth and Space Science
2nd: Lauren Bodin

2nd: Esteban Carrillo
3rd: Estefany Carrillo

Medicine and Health
1st: Lu Chen
H: Rachel Lee
H: Kristi Chakrabarti

2nd: Yang Shan

U.S. Air Force
For Excellence in Math, Science and Engineering by Youth who will be Tomorrow's Leaders 4 USAF Awards: Padfolio, Electronic Rolodex Organizer, Certificate of Merit, and Medallion
Rachel Lee

American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics - Washington Capital Section For Excellent Achievements in Projects in Space and Aviation
1st Prize Seniors: 1 week at the Galaxy Explorers Moon Base 1 summer camp at Goddard Space Flight Center, Invitation to Awards Banquet, one year student membership
John Silberholz

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
For Projects Reflecting an Interest in Computer Science

Honorary One Year Student Membership
Daniel Green
John Silberholz
Esteban Carrillo
Estefany Carrillo

Association of Practicing Psychologists of Montgomery and Prince George's Co.s
For Excellence in Behavioral Science

2nd Place: Certificate and $40
Ryan Ly

Central Intelligence Agency
For Projects in Technologies of National Interest

Invitation to Awards Ceremony and Tour of CIA Headquarters
Daniel Green
John Silberholz

Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S Public Health Service
Certificate and $50
Rachel Lee

George Washington University Engineering Alumni Association
Recognizing Outstanding Projects in Engineering Catagories

Gift and Invitation to Dean's Reception
Daniel Green
Samuel Teitelbaum

Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award
For Excellence in the Senior Computer Science Category

Intel Award Certificate, $200
John Silberholz

Best Individual Project with Biological Relevance to the Causes, Treatment and Prevention of Human Disease, Exemplifying Values Core to MedImmune Philosophy; High Integrity, Strong Work Ethic, Entrepreneurial Spirit and Collaboration

MedImmune Advancing Science for Better Health Award: $100, Plaque, and
a 6-week Paid Internship at MedImmune
Kiran Belani

Optical Society of America, National Capital Section
For Notable Achievement in the Optical Sciences

Certificate of Achievement and Invitation to Science Fair Banquet
Kristi Chakrabarti

Sigma Xi, FDA Chapter
For Excellence in Food and Drug Science

1st Place: $100 and Invitation for 3 to Spring Banquet
Rachel Lee

U.S. Army
For Scientific/Engineering Excellence

Honorable Mention: Certificate of Achievement
Daniel Green
Kristi Chakrabarti
Yang Shan

U.S Army Research Office
For Scientific/Engineering Excellence

Framed Certificate of Achievement and Army Science Fair Polo Shirt
John Silberholz
Ryan Ly
Shwetadwip Chowdhury

Framed Certificate of Achievement, Army Science Fair Polo Shirt, Medallion.
Shwetadwip Chowdhury

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  • john on March 20, 2006 at 8:44 AM
    super congrats to everyone! and go alice! run alice! run!!! hahaha. that's awesome!
  • wow on March 20, 2006 at 4:00 PM
    Congrats Alice, John, Ryan, Dan, Kiran, Estefany and Rachel!
  • Merlyn on March 20, 2006 at 6:21 PM
    Congratulations EVERYBODY :)!!! You do Blair proud!
  • - on March 20, 2006 at 7:09 PM
    w00t John!
  • minh on March 20, 2006 at 9:40 PM
    congratulations to all on a fantastic job done!
  • chels on March 20, 2006 at 11:17 PM
    congrats, everyone!! and good luck at ISEF, alice!
  • congrats! on March 24, 2006 at 7:55 PM
    congrats to everyone!!!
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