Three Students Honored by Siemens

Sarah Adamo from High School West and Anjali Balamurugan and Erika Nemeth from High School East – are among more than 400 semifinalists named across the United States in this year’s prestigious Siemens Competition, the nation’s premier competition in math, science and technology for high school students.

Additionally, Adamo and Nemeth have both had their projects selected to compete in the regional finals in November. Individual and team winners from the regional competitions advance to the final phase of the contest which takes place in December in Washington, D.C., where they will compete for top prizes of up to $100,000 in scholarships. 

Adamo's project, “Using Nematostella vectensis to spotlight the ancient roots of Nicotinic Cholinergic Neurotransmission,” is an in-house study with all the experimental work conducted at High School West. Nemeth’s project is “Cell-Based delivery of Gene-Silencing products Via Gap Junction Channels. ” Balamurugan’s project is “Blood metal Concentration in Association with Thyroid Hormones and Autoantibodies in Avid Seafood Consumers.”

Launched by the Siemens Foundation in 1999, the Siemens Competition promotes excellence in math, science and technology and is recognized by colleges and universities as the premier math and science research competition in the United States. More than $600,000 in college scholarships is awarded to students annually through the Siemens Competition during regional and national events administered by Discovery Education.