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California student wins $100k science scholarship


WASHINGTON (AP) — A California high school student has won a $100,000 scholarship for research that could be used to develop drugs to combat the flu.

The Siemens Foundation announced the winners of its annual high school science competition during a ceremony in Washington on Tuesday. Top individual honors went to Eric Chen, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego.

Top team honors went to a group of three students from George W. Hewlett High School in Hewlett, N.Y., who did research on plants’ resistance to ozone. The group will share a $100,000 scholarship. They are: Priyanka Wadgaonkar, Zainab Mahmood, and JiaWen Pei.

Six individuals and six teams were competing for awards. In addition to California and New York, the finalists came from Georgia, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, Texas and Virginia.