For young scientists, the spectacle was akin to the Academy Awards. To the whoops and cheers of formally attired admirers and beneath a cascade of confetti, 40 of the nation's brightest high school science seniors received credit for the years they devoted to original research. By the end of the gala, held March 11 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., the finalists in this year's Intel Science Talent Search had collectively amassed more than $500,000 in scholarships.
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