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WHS student is Intel finalist

Wayzata High School senior Evan Chen was named Minnesota’s only Intel Science Talent Search finalist.

Chen joined an elite group of 40 students named from across the country who will journey to Washington, D.C. this spring to compete for $1.25 million in awards with a $100,000 top prize. He earned the honor for his project, “CD24 Induced Muscular Regeneration: Unraveling the Mystery Behind Satellite Cell Differentiation.”

The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) is the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition. Alumni of STS have made extraordinary contributions to science and hold more than 100 of the world’s most coveted science and math honors, including seven Nobel Prizes and four National Medals of Science. The Intel STS recognizes 300 students and their schools as semifinalists each year to compete for $1.25 million in awards. From that select pool, 40 student finalists are then invited to Washington, D.C. in March to participate in final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists and compete for the top award.