Sequim Gazette staff
Sean Weber, a Sequim Middle School student, was one of five semifinalists from Washington to qualify for the national Broadcom MASTERS science and engineering middle school competition.
From the pool of 300 semifinalists across the country, BROADCOM will announce 30 finalists on Aug. 27 who compete for a chance to win $25,000 in Washington, D.C.
Sequim student Katherine Landoni was a finalist in the 2011 competition.
Other semifinalists from Washington include Christopher Kang and Colby Richards of Richland, Amelia Aichele of Benton City and Daniel Herron of Tacoma.
The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) was created to reward and inspire sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students to continue their studies in math and science throughout high school.
Semifinalists hail from 253 middle schools in 43 states, representing 123 fairs across the U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. Semifinalists were selected from more than 1,695 applicants after evaluation and judging conducted by scientists, engineers and educators. Applicants qualify to enter the Broadcom MASTERS by placing in the top 10 percent of the participants at affiliated science fairs and winning the nomination.