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WHS Students Named Intel STS Semifinalists

Three Wayzata High School students have been named semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search, the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition.
Seniors Emily Chen, Priyanka Narayan and Sophia Lin Zhang have been named semifinalists in the competition. Chen was named for her project "FANCD2 Induced DNA Repair in Hereditary Fanconi Anemia: Unraveling the Mystery Behind a Cancer-Causing Blood Disease"; Narayan was named for her project "Improving the Oral Absorption of Chemotherapeutic Drugs Through the Use of Novel Nanoparticles"; and Zhang was named for her project "Effective Endothelial Cell Differentiation of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Using a Three-Dimensional Fibrin Scaffold."
The semifinalists of the Intel STS 2014 were selected from among 1,794 entrants representing 489 high schools in 45 states, the District of Columbia and seven overseas schools. Each of the 300 students named a semifinalist in the Intel STS 2014 will receive a $1,000 award for his or her outstanding research. Additionally, to recognize excellence in teaching and school support of individual research, every school will receive an award of $1,000 for each semifinalist named. This award is used to further excellence in science, math and/or engineering education.