Awards honor youth pursuing science careers

WASHINGTON (AP) ? Nithin Tumma (NITH-in TOO-ma), a 17-year-old from Fort Gratiot (GRAH-shut), Mich., has won this year’s Intel Science Talent Search for his research on breast cancer treatments that are more effective and less toxic.

President Barack Obama met with the finalists at the White House on Tuesday.

High school seniors, competing for $630,000 in prize money, were judged on their scientific research as well as their achievement and leadership, both inside and outside the classroom.

Tumma won the top $100,000 prize.

The second place honor of $75,000 went to 17-year-old Andrey Sushko of Richland, Wash., for his development of a miniature motor and third place of $50,000 went to 17-year-old Mimi Yen of Brooklyn, N.Y., for her study of evolution and genetics.