A young innovator from Manassas will compete in the Siemens Competition in Math Science &Technology on Saturday in Atlanta.
Alexa Dantzler, a senior at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, is a regional finalist in the prestigious competition; she is one of nine contestants from Virginia and one of fewer than 100 in the entire United States, Joseph Giumarra, a spokesman for the Siemens Foundation, said in a press release.
She'll present her research project on perchloroethylene (PCE), a toxic chemical commonly used in dry cleaning, to judges at the Georgia Institute of Technology during the competition's regional finals.
The research was driven by her concern about the chemical's potential health risks to humans.
The winner earns a $3,000 scholarship and a trip to the National Finals in Washington, DC at George Washington University Dec. 1-4. There, she'll have a chance to win one of two $100,000 scholarships.
“These students have invested time, energy and talent in tackling challenging scientific research at a young age,” said Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, president of the Siemens Foundation. “The recognition they have won today demonstrates that engagement in STEM is an investment well worth making.”
The other eight students from Virginia are:
Rohan Banerjee of Oak Hill and Archis Bhandarkar of Potomac Falls, both juniors at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.
Saumil Bandyopadhyay of Glen Allen, a senior at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies.
Katie Barufka of Reston, a senior at Langley High School.
David Lu of Henrico, a freshman at Mills E. Godwin High School.
Jason Li of Blacksburg, a senior at Blacksburg High School.
Nathan Kodama of McLean and Nipun Singh of Oak Hill, both seniors at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.