Two South Bay students together placed as finalists and won $16,000 in scholarships in the Siemens Competition in Math Science and Technology, one of the nation's premier competitions for high school students.

Thomas Luh of San Jose and Joy Jin of Palo Alto finished fifth in the team competition Tuesday at the finals in Washington, D.C. They were among 19 students in the national finals.

Thomas, a junior at Leland High in San Jose, and Joy, a sophomore at Gunn High in Palo Alto, discovered a relationship between two proteins, which could help improve the treatment of lung cancer. They won a $6,000 Siemens scholarship in the Siemens regional competition, then proceeded to nationals.

Regional finalists from the South Bay and Peninsula include siblings Arjun Balasingam and Namrata Balasingam both of Archbishop Mitty High in San Jose; Caroline Debs of Castilleja School in Palo Alto; and Paulomi Bhattachaya, Rohan Chandra, Zareen Choudhury, Ashvin Swaminathan, all of The Harker School, San Jose.

In addition, 27 local students were named semifinalists. For a list of winners, go to www.siemens-foundation.org.

-- Sharon Noguchi, staff writer



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