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Dozier selected as finalist in Intel Science Talent Search

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By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos High School senior Benjamin Edward Dozier is a finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search 2008 (Intel STS). Dozier, 18, receives $5,000, a new laptop and the chance to compete for more than $1 million in scholarships in what’s considered the oldest and most prestigious high school science competition in the nation.Dozier described his reaction to the big news during an interview this morning. “It was completely unexpected,” he said. “I thought I had some chance at being a semifinalist, but no chance at being a finalist. It’s a surprise and it makes me really happy.”Dozier just returned home from playing tennis when the call came in from Intel. “My mom was there and she gave me a hug,” he said laughing. “My dad was excited that I get to go to Washington, D.C. He said he thinks I’ll really like it there.”LAHS Principal Grace Brown was delighted to hear Dozier is a finalist.“We’re so proud of Ben,” Brown said this morning. “He’s absolutely an outstanding student and a fine young man.”Superintendent James Anderson agreed. Upon hearing the news this morning he said, “That’s awesome.