3 Local Intel Finalists Named

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Preeti Kakani & Kaitlyn Shin, Jericho High School

Preeti Kakani, 17, of Jericho High School; Kaitlyn Shin, 17, of Jericho High School; and Syosset’s John Anthony Clarke, who attends Regis High School in Manhattan, were named Intel Finalists on Jan. 22.

These students were among 40 Intel Finalists selected from across the country from a pool of 300.

“We celebrate these 40 students because their contributions to the world of science will help solve some of our most pressing challenges,” said Wendy Hawkins, executive director of the Intel Foundation. “The Intel Science Talent Search encourages hands-on experience with math and science, which is imperative in enabling young people to think critically, solve problems and understand the world around them.”

Kakani worked on Differential Gene Expression Prior to Eye Opening in Mouse superior Colliculus. Shin worked on Photon and Positron Emission from Primordial Black Hole Clusters; and Clarke worked on High-Energy X-Ray Emission in the Jovian Magnetosphere: A Feasibility Study for the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array.

The 40 finalists will convene in Washington, D.C. from March 6-12 to compete for $630,000 provided by the Intel Foundation, including a grand prize of $100,000 that will be awarded to the first-place winner.

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