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Teens win big at science competition

Top prizes awarded in 2012 Intel Science Talent Search

9:54pm, March 13, 2012

WASHINGTON — Nithin Tumma captains his high school’s robotics team and plays tennis. But it’s his work to understand the wily ways of cancer that has made him a champion. For figuring out how a protein helps cancer evolve and hide from the body’s immune system, Tumma, 17, won first place in the 2012 Intel Science Talent Search. Tumma, who lives in Fort Gratiot, Mich., received a $100,000 award from the Intel Foundation at a black-tie gala held March 13 in Washington, D.C.

The event honored this year’s 40 finalists, who distinguished themselves from more than 1,8

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