Top 10 Finalists for Young Scientist Challenge

Discovery Education and 3M have announced 10 students from across the country as the top finalists in the 12th annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Each finalist will be awarded an all-expense paid trip to New York City to participate in the competition finals on Oct. 5, 2010, where students will demonstrate scientific innovation, creativity and communication skills in a series of individual challenges. The winner will receive $50,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds ($25,000 cash value), the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist,” and a trip to St. Paul, Minn., to work alongside 3M’s top scientists at their world headquarters.

Discovery Education and 3M are proud to announce the following 10 finalists (in alphabetical order)*:
- Riya Chandra, Fremont, Calif., Mission San Jose Elementary School

- Sydney Clark, Austin, Texas, Clark Academy of Science and Art (homeschool)

- Sehee Kim, Cumming, Ga., Piney Grove Middle School

- Kai Klocke, Portland, Ore., Cedar Park Middle School

- Alexander Mataloni, Fairfax Station, Va., South County Secondary School

- Liam McCarty, Elm Grove, Wis., Brookfield Academy

- Liam O’Brien, Unionville, Conn., West Woods Upper Elementary School

- Raj Raina, Novi, Mich., Novi Middle School, Mission San Jose Elementary School

- Christopher Riedman, Bismarck, N.D., Homeschool

- Matthew Shimura, Honolulu, Hawaii, Punahou School

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