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Two Herricks Students Named 2013 Intel Semi-Finalists

Meenakshi Krishna and Benjamin Isaac Pleat chosen from competitors across the United States.

Two Herricks High School students have been named semifinalists in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search.

Meenakshi Krishna and Benjamin Isaac Pleat are among 300 students whose projects were recognized for the competition.

Krishna, 17, of Williston Park, advanced on a project entitled “Hypoxia and Nitric Oxide Regulate Angiogenesis Inhibitors in Injury and Disease.”

Pleat, 17, of Rosyln, entered under the project “A Novel Approach to Locating Geothermal Systems in Relation to Geodetic Crustal Deformation and Strain Rate Tensors”

The semifinalists for 2013 were selected from among 1,712 entrants representing 467 high schools in 42 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and two U.S. overseas schools.

Each of the 300 students named a semifinalist will receive a $1,000 award for his or her outstanding research. To recognize excellence in teaching, each school will receive $1,000 for each semifinalist named. This award is used to further excellence in science, math, and/or engineering education.

From this group of 300 Intel STS 2013 semifinalists, 40 finalists will be chosen to attend the Intel Science Talent Institute in Washington, D.C. from March 7–13, 2013. During their trip to Washington, these finalists will undergo further judging and share $630,000 in awards.

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