LVHS senior Cristina Sorrento has been chosen as a Semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search. Cristina, who was also a Semifinalist in the 2009 Siemens Competition will receive a $1,000 award from the Intel Foundation with an additional $1,000 going to her respective school. Cristina was also a semifinalist in the Siemens Competition and this is the first time that a Locust Valley student has been a semifinalist in both competitions.

Intel looks not just at the science behind the paper submitted, but at academics, extra-curricular activities and more for each student that enters the competition. “This is a real testament to the fact that Cristina is an overall top student and excels in many areas,” explained Locust Valley High School science teacher Christopher Hoppner, who advised all of the LVHS students on the papers they submitted. Papers were also submitted by Locust Valley High School students Eric Padilla, Alexandra Sharp, Max Turowsky, and Casey Hochberg.

A total of 300 Semifinalists were chosen from the 1,736 entries received from 175 high schools across the country. This was the largest pool of applicants that Intel has seen for this competition since 1996. On Jan. 27, Intel will announce the 40 finalists to compete in Washington, D.C. in March for more than $630,000 in awards from the Intel Foundation. The winners will be selected based on rigorous judging sessions. The grand prize is a $100,000 award; the remaining top ten will receive awards totaling $305,000.

Congratulations to Cristina and Mr. Hoppner on this accomplishement.

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