3 Md. teens place in regional contest

November 19, 2006|By Doug Donovan

Three Maryland teenagers narrowly missed winning a prestigious regional math and science contest in Pittsburgh yesterday and lost a chance to enter their research in a national competition.

Serena Fasano, a senior at Glenelg High School in Howard County, was a runner-up for her discovery that a protein in yogurt blocked the growth of the bacteria that causes diarrhea.

The other second-place scientists from Maryland in the Siemens Competition were Jeffrey Guo and Victoria Yao, both of Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring.

Each of the students received $1,000, adding to the $3,000 they have already won by making it to their regional finals in the contest sponsored by the Siemens Foundation. First-place finishes would have made them eligible for national competition next month.

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