Local student wins $100,000 in STEM competition

Students from around the country participated in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology at George Washington University in Northwest D.C. Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 (Kellye Lynn/ABC7)

They are some of the best and brightest students in science, math and technology. Young researchers from around the country gathered at George Washington University in Northwest Washington to participate in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology.

Seventeen-year-old Franklyn Wang of Falls Church explained his project. "I worked on a problem that has puzzled mathematicians for nearly 100 years and brought the problem to completion.

Andrew Komo, a senior at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, developed a coded system to protect online auctions. "There are these large, complicated auctions that take place online and I built a program to help secure them," he stated. Jeniffer Harper Taylor is Head of Stem for the Siemens Foundation, which sponsors the event.

She explained to ABC7 News, "These students are really a great representation of young people that are in high school doing original research.

They are finding cures and solutions to some of society's ills." Each finalist has already won a $3,000 scholarship in the regional competition for their research. They came to Washington, D.C. to compete for the top prize of $100,000. Wang expressed, "It's kind of intimidating to see what other high school students are doing."

The 21 national finalists were chosen from a pool of more than 2,000.

Komo of Bethesda was shocked when he realized he had secured the grand prize. "I'm so happy I won $100,000; that will help with college payments first and foremost. This also means I'm part of such a distinguished group," he excitedly shared.

Wang took home a $50,000 scholarship. In the team category, three high school girls from New York won a $100,000 scholarship.

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