Congratulations go out to Sajith M. Wickramasekara and Andrew Y. Guo for winning today the grand prize in the 2008 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.
Although both teens are now seniors at the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, they used to attend Enloe High School in Raleigh. Wickramasekara is from Raleigh and Guo is from Cary.
They were lauded for genetics research that has the potential to easily identify new chemotherapeutic drugs and greatly improve existing ones. They will share a $100,000 scholarship for winning what's considered by many to be the nation's premier science competition for high school students.
The School of Science and Math operates as a statewide public boarding school for the best of the best high school juniors and seniors. Seats are assigned by a rough quota to prevent some districts from being overrepresented.
It can be a challenge for students to decide whether to stay at their high school or attend the School of Science and Math.
Last year, a team from Enloe finished second in the Siemens competition.
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