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May 20, 2005

Young Science Prize Winners

This week, a trio of Nara high school students yesterday showed their classmates the presentation that won them a prize at the recent Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in the US. More than 1,400 students from over 40 countries competed for $3 million in scholarships and prizes at the event in Phoenix, Arizona. Kentaro Yoshifuji (17), Yuki Miura (16) and Tsuyoshi Hino (16), are all members of the Wireless Club at the Nara Prefecture Oji Technical High School. They won a third prize of $1,000 for their sudy of an electric wheelchair that can overcomes difficult road conditions. With all presentations being in English, the three attended a local conversation school for help in memorizing their speeches. Yoshifuji said, "When we were called as prize winners, I was so happy I wanted to scream!" Other Japanese winners included 17-year old Miho Ishikawa of Yachiyo Shoin High School, Chiba Prefecture, who won $5,000 and an Intel Foundation Achievement Award for a study on dandelions, and a group of 17-year old students from Awa High School, Tateyama in Chiba Prefecture who received an Honorable Mention Award from the American Chemical Society for a project on hydrogen fuel cells.

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