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Intel Science Talent Search Finalist Johnny Li Visits the White House

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President Barack Obama talked with the 2011 Intel Science Talent Search finalists in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday. Senior Johnny Li was among the 40 high school finalists who have been in Washington, D.C. since last Thursday.

While in D.C., Johnny, along with the other finalists, had the opportunity to meet with scientists and publicly display his work titled, “Effects of Cell Compressibility, Motility and Contact Inhibition on the Growth of Tumor Cell Clusters.”

Click here to read the official post on The White House Blog.

Johnny Li gives a recap of his experience while in Washington, D.C.: “I just finished my one week trip to D.C. for the Intel STS Finals. Although I didn’t win the top prize, I was deeply honored to be inducted into this prestigious 70-year-old science community and have learned a lot from the other 39 talented finalists, world-renowned scientists and national leaders.

“There were many highlights from this unique experience—the most thrilling of all was meeting President Obama on March 15. Despite his hectic schedule, President Obama took the time to see all 40 finalists, shake our hands individually, congratulate us on our achievements, and encourage us to do great things for the country. Not only was I drawn to his charismatic personality and great sense of humor, I was particularly impressed by his genuine support of the STEM education and was inspired by his clear vision in future innovations as our nation’s priority. Although the meeting was brief, President Obama’s words meant a lot to all of us as we understood this special recognition came with more responsibilities as aspiring scientists. Yet, we were eager to take on the challenges collaboratively.

“In addition to this most valuable trip, I was awarded a $7,500 scholarship and the naming of a Minor Planet (27194), Jonathanli, in my honor as recognition for being a 2011 Intel STS Finalist. I also made contacts with several scientists and professionals who expressed interests in funding my future research.

“This trip to our Capitol has been another eye opening experience to me, which motivates me to learn more and affirms my career goals. It couldn’t be a better time to study math and science. And, I am deeply grateful to the entire St. Margaret’s community who nurtured my interest from a young age.”

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