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Sixty-three students in LI schools are Siemens semifinalists

Sixty-three students in Long Island schools were among more than 460 semifinalists named nationwide Friday in the prestigious Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.

New York State led the nation in the number of semifinalists, with 84. California had 73 and Texas had 52. Students entered the contest as individuals or teams, with about 2,250 from 44 states and six countries submitting entries.

Regional finalists are scheduled to be named Monday on the competition's website. Those students will present their projects to judges on panels at one of six universities across the country during November.

This year, students will not have to travel to those locations, as their presentations will be made electronically, including submission of digital slideshows and questioning by judges through Web-based technology.

National finalists will be selected from the regional contests and go on to compete in December at The George Washington University in Washington. Six individuals and six teams will win scholarship awards ranging from $10,000 to $100,000.

Last October, eight Long Islanders were named regional finalists, including students from Great Neck South High School, Jericho High School, Valley Stream Central High School and Ward Melville High School in East Setauket.

Two students from Lawrence High School and two from Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway, both in Cedarhurst, also were included.

Three won scholarships totaling $50,000. Bill Crugnola, of Jericho High School, and Katie Mazalkova, of Valley Stream Central High School, shared $30,000 in scholarship money for placing fourth in the team competition, while Jay Zussman, of Great Neck South High School, earned a $20,000 scholarship award with his fifth place in the individual category.

With Michael R. Ebert

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