People came to play the game and were serious competitors,'' adds finalist
Michael Thomas, who, along with the other contestants, had to submit 35 recipes.
Each of the finalists
will receive a notebook computer and a scholarship of $5,000 to $100,000 after a week of science activities and a final round of judging in March in Washington, D.
Saugus loses half of the area's strongest top four, as graduation will claim Southern Section finalist
Downs and Jill Shatkus, who earned a scholarship from Division II Rockhurst University.
The competition had 1,652 entrants in all, and the finalists
were among the 300 competitors who were named semifinalists on Jan.
Over 400,000 votes were cast to select the top five finalists
(in alphabetical order):
Stephanie Aston (Saugus), Foothill League champ; Lotta Andonian (Rio Mesa of Oxnard), Southern Section finalist
; Laura Bernstein (Calabasas), Southern Section finalist
; Rishika Das (Quartz Hill), Golden League champ; Jasmine Koehler (Agoura), season scoring leader for Marmonte League champs; Hillary Mow (Harvard-Westlake of Studio City), Southern Section finalist
; Alana Niello (La Reina of Thousand Oaks), Frontier League co-MVP; Chelsea Orozco (Highland of Palmdale), leading scorer for Golden League champs); Marie Roscigno (Valencia), Southern Section finalist
; Jennifer Haws (Thousand Oaks), Southern Section finalist
This year's finalists
represent an impressive array of technology and business excellence, passion and success.
The top winner will receive $100,000 toward college, and all finalists
will take home a high-performance computer and a scholarship of at least $5,000.
1) Four of five finalists
for the Valley's top civic honor, the Fernando Award, named Wednesday at the Sheraton Universal are: from left, Jill Banks Barad, Sheldon I.
Democratic National Committee spokesman Tony Wyche said the committee will meet today and probably reduce a list of six competing cities down to three finalists
before a decision on the host is made later this winter.
In the next few weeks, EDN's worldwide audience of electronics engineers and engineering managers will use an online ballot to select the ultimate winners from among these finalists
This week, judges announced the finalists
for the national competition's 60th anniversary year.