Intel science search: Indian kids shine in US

Narendra Tallapragada, 17, Preya Shah, 17, and Nilesh Tripuraneni, 18, did America proud, placing fourth, eighth, and ninth respectively at the Intel Science Search, the country's most prestigious pre-college science competition, often dubbed the 'Junior Nobel' prize in science.

When the top 10 winners were announced at the black-tie gala banquet at the Andrew W Mellon Auditorium in downtown Washington, DC, a back to back first place win for Indian Americans -- after Shivani Sud from Durham, North Carolina won last year -- was not to be.

But there were eight Indian Americans, the highest number ever, among the 40 finalists this year. That Indian Americans -- who make up less than 1 percent of America's population -- constituted 20 percent of the finalists
underscored Indian children's dominance as the best and the brightest.

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