William J Sun, a senior at Parkway Central High School, took second place in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search. His project, undertaken with David Haslam of Washington University School of Medicine, studied the effect of golgicide A on the Golgi secretory apparatus.
Each year, 40 finalists are chosen from a national pool of candidates to visit Washington, DC, where they present their projects to the general public and scientists at the National Academy of Sciences. They undergo wide-ranging interviews on science as part of the judging, and they meet top government leaders—this year, the very top: President Obama.
His 2nd place showing earned William a $75,000 scholarship, which he will use at either Harvard or Yale next year.