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Students Win Prizes For Work On Emotion Recognition, Star Formation

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Future innovative scientists are on display Monday at George Washington University for the Siemens Competition, the country's top science competition for high school students.

First prize, a $100,000 college scholarship, may seem like a bargain compared to some of the breakthroughs the students are pursuing. Pancreatic cancer, hydrogen power, autism and computer networks are just a few of the subjects tackled by the young scientists.

The winners of the team competition were Akash Krishnan and Matthew Fernandez of Portland, Ore. They developed a program that helps computers identify emotion in human speech.

The individual winner was Benjamin Clark, from Lancaster, Penn., who produced groundbreaking research on star formations.

Three of the 20 contestants are from the D.C. region.

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