Science fair finalists include firefighters, musicians and even magicians
Daniel Strain, Science News for Kids, May 1, 2012
"... Intel Science Talent Search, a national competition for high school seniors sponsored by Society for Science & the Public, which also publishes Science News for Kids.
"Of the 40 finalists that came to Washington, D.C., as part of the competition in March, Davis is hardly unique in having an active life outside of class. Her fellow researchers — whose projects tackled an array of subjects from secret codes to radioactive waste in drinking water — are also gifted artists, athletes and musicians. One even performs magic tricks. “This is one of the most interesting groups of people I have ever met,” said finalist Marian Bechtel, 17, during a speech at the awards ceremony for the competition on March 11. The feeling is mutual: Bechtel, a student at Hempfield High School in Lancaster, Pa., was selected by her peers to receive this year’s Seaborg Award."