2012-13 Siemens Awards For Advanced Placement Announced

Wed Feb 6, 2013 12:00pm EST

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Siemens Foundation Recognizes 101 Students in 50 States for Exceptional STEM
ISELIN, N.J.,  Feb. 6, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- The nation's top achievers in
Advanced Placement science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
courses were honored today with the 2012-13 Siemens Awards for Advanced
Placement, a signature program of the Siemens Foundation administered by the
College Board. This year, 101 high school students in all 50 states - including
93 seniors and 8 juniors  - were honored.  Two national winners (one male and
one female) were recognized, each receiving a  $5,000  scholarship.  Ninety-nine
state winners will each receive a  $2,000  scholarship.  

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Ashvin Swaminathan, a senior at The Harker School in  San Jose, California, and 
Lilly Shen, a senior at William P. Clements High School in  Sugar Land, Texas,
were named the national winners.  This is the second consecutive year that a
student from The Harker School has won a national Siemens Award for Advanced

"We commend this year's Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement winners on their
hard work and dedication to STEM subjects, and we thank the teachers, parents
and schools who supported their scholarship," said  Jeniffer Harper-Taylor,
president of the Siemens Foundation.  

"We are proud to join our partners at the Siemens Foundation in recognizing
these exceptional students. Today's award-winners have the foundation to achieve
great success in some of today's most exciting, innovative careers," said  David
Coleman, president of the College Board.  

Total AP Courses Taken to Date (all disciplines including STEM):  18  
Favorite AP Class:  AP Physics C (Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism)  
Advice to other AP students:  "Challenge yourself by taking as many AP courses
as you can."  
Proudest Accomplishments:  Selected as Regional Finalist in 2012 Siemens
Competition in Math, Science & Technology; accepted to  Harvard College
Plans for College Study:  Mathematics, physics, classics (Latin and Greek) and
Anticipated Career:  University professor and researcher in math and physics  
Favorite nonacademic pursuits:  First violinist in San Francisco Youth
Orchestra; tutoring community college students in calculus  

Total AP Courses Taken to Date (all disciplines including STEM):  16
Favorite AP Class:  AP Environmental Science
Advice to other AP students:  "Don't worry so much about the test.  Just take
your time to learn all you can, and don't forget to enjoy the class!"
Proudest Accomplishments:  Attending Research Science Institute; making time for
amazing friends
Plans for College Study:  Applied math, economics and visual arts
Anticipated Career:  "I hope to use my skills in math and science to affect the
world in a positive way."
Favorite nonacademic pursuits:  Art, volunteering  

The Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement
Established in 1998, the Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement
(http://www.siemens-foundation.org/en/advanced_placement.htm) awards  $2,000 
college scholarships to students from each of the 50 states who have earned the
greatest number of scores of 5 on exams in the following AP courses: Biology,
Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science A, Environmental Science, Statistics,
Physics C Mechanics and Physics C Electricity and Magnetism. Each state
potentially has two winners, one male and one female.  

For complete information and photos of this year's Siemens Awards for Advanced
Placement winners, please visit:

The Siemens Foundation
The Siemens Foundation provides more than  $7 million  annually in support of
educational initiatives in the areas of science, technology, engineering and
mathematics (STEM) in  the United States. Its signature programs include the
Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, Siemens Awards for Advanced
Placement, and The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, which encourages
K-12 students to develop innovative green solutions for environmental issues. 
By supporting outstanding students today, and recognizing the teachers and
schools that inspire their excellence, the Foundation helps nurture tomorrow's
scientists and engineers.  The Foundation's mission is based on the culture of
innovation, research and educational support that is the hallmark of Siemens'
U.S. companies and its parent company, Siemens AG.  For more information, visit 
www.siemens-foundation.org.  Follow the Siemens Foundation on Twitter 
@SFoundation  and Facebook at  SiemensFoundation.   

The College Board
The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects
students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board
was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership
association is made up of more than 6,000 of the world's leading educational
institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education.
Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for
a successful transition to college through programs and services in college
readiness and college success - including the SAT and the Advanced Placement
Program. The organization also serves the education community through research
and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.  For further
information, visit  www.collegeboard.org. 

SOURCE  Siemens Foundation

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jgiumarra@momentum-cg.com; or Lisa Quirindongo, Momentum Communications,
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