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Four Hawaii students recognized at international science fair

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:59 p.m. HST, May 13, 2011

Four Hawaii students are taking home awards from the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles.

Connie Liu, 18, a senior at St. Andrew’s Priory School, and Travis Le, a junior at Punahou School, won fourth place yesterday in their respective research categories.

They competed against more than 1,500 high school students from around the world.

Liu’s project, in the mathematics category, was on “triangle centers,” used widely in engineering and facial recognition technology.

Le’s project, “Determining ‘Hot Spots’ Through Correlations of CMEs and Solar Flares,” won in the physics and astronomy category.

Each student won $500.

Additionally, Priory seniors Shawnalyn Sunagawa and Sara Middendorf each won $1,000 Thursday from the United Technologies Corporation for their project on a bladeless wind turbine.

Twenty-six Hawaii students presented their science research at the fair, held annually.

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