Montgomery Blair Senior Places in Top 10 of Intel Science Talent Search

March 13, 2013
Samuel Zbarsky, a senior at Montgomery Blair High School, took top honors in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search, one of the most rigorous and prestigious science competitions for high school students in the nation. Mr. Zbarsky finished 7th overall and will receive a $25,000 award.

He was one of 40 national finalists recognized in this year’s Talent Search. Zbarsky was recognized for his research project,
On Improved Bounds for Bounded Degree Spanning Trees for Points in Arbitrary Dimension, math research that could improve the efficiency of 3-D computer networks. At Blair, Zbarsky is captain of the math team and participates in computer club, Science Bowl and the “It’s Academic” team.

Overall, 1,712 high school seniors participated in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search, entering papers on independent research projects in science, engineering, mathematics, or computer science. In January, 300 students were announced as semifinalists and 40 as finalists. Montgomery County Public Schools had eight semifinalists this year—five from Montgomery Blair, two from Poolesville High School, and one from Richard Montgomery High School.

The Intel Science Talent Search is administered by the Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education.

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