(From left) Nimisha Pant, Elizabeth Yang, Sarah Perkins, Evan Jiang, Michael Cooper, Sahil Gupta, Aneesh Agarwal, Nikhil Reddy, and Charles Goodman.The Siemens Foundation named three seniors at North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics among 96 regional finalists nationwide in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, the nation’s premier research competition for high school students. Charles Goodman ’17 of Greenville, Nimisha Pant ’17 of Charlotte, and Nikhil Reddy ’17 of Cary will advance to the next round of competition. They will present their research in person and vie for college scholarships ranging from $1,000 up to $100,000 and one of the most prestigious science honors awarded to high school students. Follow the students’ progress Named as regional semifinalists, in addition to those three students, are Aneesh Agarwal ’17, Michael Cooper ’17, Sahil Gupta ’17, Evan Jiang ’17, Sarah Perkins ’17, and Elizabeth Yang ’17. They are among a group of 498 student researchers chosen from a pool of more than 1,600 students nationwide. NCSSM is the top high school worldwide in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology with a history of more student finalists and semifinalists than any other school since the competition’s launch in 1999. The Siemens Foundation established the competition and its scholarship prizes to increase access to higher education for students who are gifted in STEM. The competition, administered by Discovery Education, seeks to recognize and hopefully build a strong pipeline for the nation’s most promising scientists, engineers, and mathematicians.