SHS senior earns $1K in science competition semifinal | News
A Stoughton student will get a cash reward as one of 300 high schoolers named semifinalists in a nationwide science competition.
The 2014 Intel Science Talent Search announced Wednesday that Amara McCune, 17-year-old senior at Stoughton High School, is among the top 300 students in the competition and could earn a trip to Washington, D.C. and a chance at an additional $100,000 prize.
The Intel Science Talent Search is a pre-college science competition held by a nationwide, nonprofit membership group called Society for Science & the Public.
McCune's project is titled "The Cooling and Core Conditions of Brown Dwarfs and Their Role in Gas Giant Formation." McCune and SHS will each receive a $1,000 reward as a semifinalist in the competition.
The Stoughton High School senior was chosen from a pool of 1,794 entrants representing 489 high schools in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and seven overseas schools, according to the group.
ISTS said 40 of the 300 semifinalists will be invited to Washington, D.C., in March to participate in final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists and compete for the top award of $100,000.
Two other Wisconsin high schoolers were among the finalists, including Bertrand Stone of Glendale Nicolet High School and Austin Cao of Mequon Homestead High School.