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Senior Named First Intel Semifinalist In Westhampton Beach School History

Publication: The Southampton Press
By Carol Moran   Jan 10, 2013 12:22 PM
Jan 10, 2013 12:37 PM

Nicasia Beebe-Wang, a senior attending Westhampton Beach High School, made history on Wednesday when she was named the district’s first Intel semifinalist.

“I was completely shocked,” said Nicasia, 17, of Westhampton, after learning that she was one of 53 high school seniors from across Long Island, and one of 103 in the state, to be named a semifinalist in the national Intel Science Talent Search. It is an honor shared by only 300 students across the nation.

“I just started yelling in excitement,” said Westhampton Beach High School Principal Chris Herr on Thursday morning. “We were just so thrilled.”

Nicasia, whose science project focuses on the brain and cocaine addiction, will receive a $1,000 award from the Intel Foundation, with another $1,000 going to the Westhampton Beach School District. More than 1,700 students representing 190 high schools in 30 states entered the annual competition.

Forty of the 300 semifinalists will be named finalists on Wednesday, January 23. The finalists will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in early March where they will compete for $630,000 in awards provided by the Intel Foundation.

The winners will be announced at a black-tie gala awards ceremony to be held at the National Building Museum on March 12. The top winner will receive $100,000. Each finalist will go home with at least $7,500.

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Congratulations to Nicasia and to the WHB School District! Our first Semifinalist (and who hopefully will be a Finalist and eventual winner)!
This is a long held dream come true. Let's make this the beginning of an annual series of great Intel announcements.
By Clint Greenbaum (9), Westhampton Beach on Jan 10, 13 12:48 PM
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Congrats to those involved. It's refreshing to get a "good" story regarding public schools and teachers, especially in our own backyard. Westhampton School District, their teachers and all parents should be happy and proud.
By Nature (2257), Hampton Bays on Jan 10, 13 1:12 PM
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Excellent news! Westhampton Beach is an exceptional school with exceptional students.
By dagdavid (645), southampton on Jan 10, 13 1:50 PM
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Congratulations Nicasia and the all involved with the research program at WHB! Well done!!! So exciting!
By bchgrl83 (52), Westhampton Beach on Jan 11, 13 4:47 AM
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And that's how it's done East End School Districts
By sandie (15), speonk on Jan 11, 13 2:06 PM
Good for her!!!! Congratulations. It will be nice to see how her knowledge helps others in the future.
By suzer67 (46), nanuet on Jan 17, 13 7:39 PM
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