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Nine students from the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science at the University of North Texas, including Adam Su of Katy, have been named semifinalists in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search.

TAMS tied for fourth among all schools in the nation for the most semifinalists from a single school. Only six other schools in Texas had semifinalists, and each of those schools only had one. Three hundred high school seniors are named finalists in the competition each year. This year there were more than 1,800 applicants.

The Intel Science Talent Search is the oldest and one of the most prestigious science competitions for high school students. Each semifinalist receives $1,000, and an additional $1,000 is given to each student’s school. Forty finalists will be named on Jan. 25. The finalists will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. from March 8-13 to compete for more than $630,000 in awards. The top award is $100,000; the remaining top 10 will receive awards totaling $305,000.

TAMS has had more than 40 Intel semifinalists and more than a half dozen Intel finalists since 2003. TAMS is a two-year residential program that allows exceptionally talented students to complete their freshman and sophomore years of college while receiving the equivalent of high school diplomas. Students enroll in the academy following their sophomore year in high school, live in a UNT residence hall and attend UNT classes with college students. After two years, they enroll at UNT or another university to finish their bachelor’s degrees.

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