ANCHOR LEAD: High schoolers from all over the U.S. recently gathered in the Nation's Capital to present their research projects for some of the world's big challenges. Brian Osuch has more. (:60)
SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I'm Brian Osuch. Some of the country's best and brightest minds just met in Washington D.C. for the 2013 Siemens Competition administered by the College Board. This year's individual category winner, Eric Chen of Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego, took home the top prize of a one-hundred-thousand dollar scholarship. His research helps speed up the discovery of new flu medications.
CUT: (Chen) It really wasn't easy. I spent over a thousand-hours on this project. I pretty much worked fulltime over my summer and winter breaks.
SCRIPT: And that work paid off. CEO of the Siemens Foundation, David Etzwiller sees promising futures for this year's crop of students.
CUT: (Etzwiller) These folks are quickly recruited by the elite schools. They become the leading researchers at academic institutions, industry and government institutions – but beyond that, they're also leaders who are quite capable of going on to many, many other fields.
SCRIPT: So what are Chen's plans after graduating?
CUT: (Chen) Hopefully continue my research and make more discoveries.
SCRIPT: For more, go to Siemens-dash-foundation-dot-org. That's Newsbreak from Siemens Foundation. I'm Brian Osuch.
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