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2 ETHS seniors win science competition

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Evanston Township High School seniors Julia Crowley-Farenga and Patrick Loftus were named "Top Team" at the Siemens Science Competition Region Five Finals on November 12. Crowley-Farenga and Loftus will share a $6,000 scholarship for their Team category win.

Evanston Township High School seniors Julia Crowley-Farenga and Patrick Loftus were named "Top Team" at the Siemens Science Competition Region Five Finals on November 12. Crowley-Farenga and Loftus will share a $6,000 scholarship for their Team category win.

They examined and classified 2,811 galaxies as part of their astronomy project entitled Morphological Classification of Post-Starburst Galaxies.

The students presented their research to a panel of judges from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), host of the Region Five Finals. They are now invited to advance to the National Finals in Washington, DC, Dec. 2-5, where $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded, including two top prizes of $100,000.

According to ETHS physics teacher Mark Vondracek, the regional win is a first for Evanston Township High School. Dr. Vondracek explained: "ETHS has had many students make the National Finals for the Science Talent Search over a number of decades, but this is the first time we have had students make the National Finals for Siemens."
 

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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