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Marquette High senior Jerry Zhang wins STL science fair

Marquette High senior Jerry Zhang wins STL science fair

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2018 Academy of Science-St. Louis Science Fair

Top three finishers in the 2018 Academy of Science-St. Louis Science Fair; From left: Jerry Zhang (first); Alan Peng (third); and Neil Tomala (second)

Jerry Zhang, a senior at Marquette High, earned the top prize in the honors division at the Academy of Science-St. Louis Science Fair.

Zhang's project involved experimental physics and a little something scientists like to call "quantum entanglements."

(Full title: "Geant4 Monte Carlo Simulation of a Quantum Entanglement Experiment of the Decay of Spin-Singlet State Positronium: Computer Replication and Multiple Scattering Mitgation." So there.)

Neil Tomala, a junior at Parkway West High, finished in second place with his project: "Data-Analytics Modeling to Detect Peripheral Neuropathy: Augmenting Big Data with Google Trends."

Zhang picks up a $3,000 scholarship for his win and Tomala gets $2,000 for being the runner-up in the competition. Both students also will compete in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in May.

The third-place finisher was Alan Peng, a senior at Rockwood Summit High, who also will get a $2,000 scholarship.

The competition was held Saturday at Webster University. The winners will be lauded April 5 at the academy's award dinner at Missouri Botanical Gardens.

Other finalists, who each pick up $1,000 scholarships, were: Lauren Gallagher, St. Joseph's; Owen Kathriner, Kirkwood; Vishnu Kumar, Marquette; Margie Lodes, St. Joseph's; Nikhil Mitra, Rockwood Summit; Amadi Muse Morris, Maplewood-Richmond Heights; Divya Srihari, John Burroughs.

For a complete list of winners, please go to the Academy of Science-St. Louis website.

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