Oak Ridge National Laboratory


News Release

Media Contact: Fred Strohl (strohlhf@ornl.gov)
Communications and External Relations


Oak Ridge High School students to participate in national science competition

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Dec. 6, 2005 — Three Oak Ridge High School seniors working at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory will present how computers can better interpret language during a national science competition this weekend in New York.

Oak Ridge researcher Nagiza Samatova, the students' mentor, says Oak Ridge High School is one of six teams from across the nation competing with presentations required in three areas.

"One is a poster presentation where they have to present research that they have done here at Oak Ridge National Lab," says Samatova. "Then they have to give an oral presentation and then they have to have a question-and-answer session with a review panel."

This is the third time in 20 years that an Oak Ridge High School team has been in the Siemens Westinghouse National Team Competition. Samatova says the students are well prepared.

"They are very talented and committed to the project," Samatova says of Nick Grabenstein, Patricia Brent and Tarik Umar. "They did really nice and innovative research through the work here."

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