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Top Speakers to Attend National Science Symposium

Twenty-one 11th and 12th grade students were selected out of approximately 80 applicants to present their research in the National Science Symposium. First, second and third place winners were awarded scholarships to attend a university of his or her choice. The first and second place winners will also be given an opportunity to present their research at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (NJSHS)in Colorado Springs, CO, where they have a chance to compete for $20,000. The five winners will also be awarded trips to attend the NJSHS. Congratulations to the following winners:

  • First Place Speaker- Jonathan Wang from Oak Hall School, Alachua County
  • Second Place Speaker - Nadine Currie from Lake Brantley High School, Seminole County
  • Third Place Speaker - Mansfield Burlingame from Lake Brantley High School, Seminole County
  • Fourth Place Speaker- Bahar Shah from Canterbury School, Lee County
  • Fifth Place Speaker - William Haber from Dr. Michael M. Krop Sr. High School, Miami-Dade County

The Regional symposium features lectures, tours, and demonstrations led by eminent scientists. Highlighting the program is the presentation of student research papers, delivered by the top 21 student finalists. The National symposium is the culmination of 48 worldwide regional symposia and brings together more than 350 high school students, teachers, university faculty, other educators and scientists. Students progress to the national symposium by presenting the results of their original research papers at regional competitions.

The Air Force Research Laboratory's Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Arlington, Virginia and the US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, will host the 47th National JSHS in Colorado Springs, April 29- May 3, 2009. JSHS aims to encourage continued interest and participation in the sciences and ultimately to widen the pool of trained scientific and engineering talent prepared to conduct research and development vital to our nation. For more information, visit