30 finalists come to Washington for middle school science competition
WASHINGTON — A teen who loves to sew zigzagged her way through three days of science, engineering and math challenges to win the top prize at a middle school science competition. At a ceremony October 28, Holly Jackson, 14, of San Jose, Calif., claimed the $25,000 award.
She was one of 30 finalists from 13 states who came to the fourth annual Broadcom Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering Rising Stars, or MASTERS, competition. “I was so surprised,” Jackson said. “The other finalists had so many great projects.” The other top award went to Sahar Khashayar, 14, of Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Eight other finalists took home cash awards or funding to attend a science or engineering camp. The Samueli Foundation, an organization started by Broadcom cofounder Henry Samueli, provided Jackson’s funds.