OHS Students Named Semifinalists in National Science Research Competition!
Congratulations to Orange High School senior David Wang and junior Andi Wang who were recently named Semifinalists in the 2012 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology!
Both students worked very hard this past summer conducting research on ganglioside GM3 synthase deficiency, a genetic defect that causes an absence of ganglioside GM3 and downstream biosynthetic derivatives. They found that this condition could be treated with exogenous supplementation. Because ganglioside deficiency has also been linked to Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative disorders, their results may have an impact on diseases beyond GM3 synthase deficiency.
Additionally, David Wang donated all his prize winnings from piano competitions he has competed in over the years to help the children he worked with who had GM3 synthase deficiency. He has also recently received 1st Prize for the 2012 International Independent Music Competition in Kiev, Ukraine and 3rd Prize for the 2012 Golden Era of Romantic Music International Competition. He will play piano at Carnegie Hall in New York City on December 22, 2012.
The Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology recognizes remarkable talent early on, fostering individual growth for high school students who are willing to challenge themselves through science research. Through this competition, students have an opportunity to achieve national recognition for science research projects that they complete in high school. It is administered by The College Board and funded by the Siemens Foundation.