Once again, New York leads the country with 9 finalists in the prestigious Intel science competition -- that's 22% of the total. Seven of the brainy New Yorkers are from Long Island counties; 1 is from New York County (Manhattan); and 1 is from Westchester County.
New York also had the most semi-finalists with 114 (or 38% of the total 300 semi-finalists); California with 22 was a second.
LI region finalists:
Adam Benjamin Sealfon (Stuyvesant High School)
Chelsea Lynn Jurman, Roslyn (Roslyn High School)
Josepher Li, Flushing (Bronx High School of Science)
Anissa Yuenming Mak, Oakland Gardens (Stuyvesant High School)
Preya Shah, Setauket (Ward Melville High School)
Christine Lee Shrock, Setauket (Ward Melville High School)
Patrick Jeffrey Abejar, Smithtown (Smithtown High School West)
Each finalist receives a $5,000 in scholarship, a new laptop computer and an expense-paid trip to the finals at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC this March. They'll also visit Congress. Previous finalists have met with the president or vice president and congressional leaders — including in a recent year when then-Sen. Barack Obama introduced himself.
The big prize: $100,000; with $75,000 for the runner-up and $50,000 for third place.
Photo by Tony Jerome: (L to R) Christine Lee Shrock, Preya Shah, Patrick Jeffrey Abejar, Chelsea Lynn Jurman
Intel Science Talent Search 2009 Finalists