Two Triangle students finalists in national science competition

Posted January 22, 2014

— Two Triangle students have been selected from more than 1,800 people as finalists in a nationwide science research competition.

Alec Arshavsky, a senior at East Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, and Parth Thakker, a senior at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, were among the 40 finalists announced Wednesday in the Intel Science Talent Search.

The two will join the other finalists in Washington, D.C., March 6-12 to compete for $630,000 in awards from the Intel Foundation, including a $100,000 first-place prize.

Arshavsky and Thakker had to submit original research to nationally recognized scientists and were chosen in part based upon their overall potential as future leaders in the scientific community.


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  • momeeee Jan 23, 2014

    Good luck to both young men. So nice to see positive things associated with HS these days.

  • Dr Sanchez Jan 23, 2014

    I'm glad they're doing well and being allowed to do a science project. The current legislature sure doesn't believe in science.

  • mom97 Jan 23, 2014

    Finally, something meaningful and newsworthy. Best of luck to them both.

  • gadgetry Jan 23, 2014

    This is a very proud achievement for these two and we should be proud of them - and not use their accomplishment as a political platform.

    Sometimes it is best if both sides simply lay down their swords and say hi... it does not always have to be a fight.

  • dumbhick Jan 23, 2014

    Kudos to the two young people for an outstanding accomplishment. Not a small feat considering the NCGA has outlawed the use of scientific terms, or long words in general.

  • Mom120 Jan 23, 2014

    good job to both

  • dennis8 Jan 23, 2014

    Congratulations to these kids. Hopefully WRAL will follow the competition since we have two locals in it.

  • Vote for Pedro Jan 23, 2014

    Congratulations to these two young men.