A letter takes issue with devoting two pages to semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search and goes on to state that school administrators should be prohibited from spending tax dollars to win science competitions ["Sharp division on science contests," Jan. 19].

It's mind-boggling to me -- when the need to encourage students in science, engineering, technology and math is so evident -- that anyone would deny these bright, talented, hardworking students the accolades they deserve.

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In a society that glorifies and rewards athletes and celebrities with multimillion-dollar paychecks, why would we begrudge these dedicated students their day in the sun?

Michael Golden, Great Neck

Editor's note: The writer is a former public school teacher.