Area student excited about joining state science contest


Published: Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 12:41 a.m.
An Oak Hall senior's summer project he did "just for fun" has propelled him to a prime spot in a statewide science competition.
Timothy Andrew Tusing, 17, will participate in the 44th Annual Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium Speaker Competition Feb. 4-6 at the University of Florida. Tusing is one of 24 Florida high school students selected to compete in the event.
Tusing won first place in the Alachua County Science Fair in mathematics and physical sciences. His project is on mutually orthogonal Latin squares. Tusing said the math problem is like "two Sudoku puzzles on top of each other."
Sudoku is a Japanese number game where you fill in a grid, but can only have one of each number in each row and each column of a 9x9 grid.
The senior, who has set his sights on MIT, Cal Tech and Georgia Tech as possible universities, said he is looking forward to the competition.
"It's going to be hard," Tusing said. "But I'm excited. This isn't simple stuff; it's not black and white."
Two speaker winners will be selected to attend the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Huntsville, Ala. Scholarships of $5,500 will be awarded to the top speakers at the Florida event and the winners will compete nationally for up to $16,000 in scholarships and a two-week trip to the London International Youth Science Forum next summer.
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