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High School Science Students Vie For Intel Awards

ARMONK, N.Y - Twenty senior science students at Byram Hills High School have submitted papers for the Intel Science Talent Search, an annual competition that is "the Nobel Prize for high school students," according to Byram Hills Science Research Director David Keith.

The seniors submitted papers based on original research they've been pursuing for the past two and a half years."It puts them in a pool of 2,000 students nationwide," Keith said. In January, 300 will become semifinalists and then 40 will become finalists and go to Washington to meet the President."

"We submitted papers that were a maximum of 20 pages, with details on our methods and results," said Sammi Cannold, one of the students participating in the project. Her study contrasted American and Finnish educational systems. She conducted an online survey and went to Finland to study their schools, determining that American education is more achievement based, while Finland's is more learning based.

Christianna Wymbs researched juvenile dermatomyositis, a skin and muscle disorder, creating an original survey that was used to determine how the disorder affects a child's life.

David Cohen studied xeno transplantation, a cross species organ donor program that examines cross species donations. Cohen studied pigs as possible organ donors, examining their corneas to see if they can be used. Cross species donations "can alleviate the donor shortage," he said.

Robert Bayron submitted a psychological study of music used in advertising. He changed aspects of background music to see how it impacted consumer product preferences and found that popular music works best.

"They're at the first stage of the competition now," Keith said. "We're hoping some of the Byram Hills students will win finalists spots."

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