Xinyu “Bob” Liang, a senior at Baton Rouge Magnet High School, and Emily Chen, a senior at Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans, were named the Louisiana state winners of the 2012-13 Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement, a signature program of the Siemens Foundation administered by the College Board.

The awards recognize the nation’s top achievers in Advanced Placement Program® courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics with a $2,000 college scholarship to one male and one female student in each state.

Xinyu “Bob” Liang

Total AP Courses Taken to Date (all disciplines): 10

Favorite AP Class: English III

Advice to other AP students: “Plan ahead!”

Proudest Accomplishments: Scoring 12 on the AIME; placing second in the division B team round in the Harvard-MIT Math Tournament

Plans for College Study: Mathematics with computer science

Anticipated Career: Scientific research

Favorite nonacademic pursuits: Mentoring other students in math, physics, and chemistry through the National Honor Society; playing the violin

Emily Chen

Total AP Courses Taken to Date (all disciplines): 14

Favorite AP Class: Biology II

Advice to other AP students: “Work hard and do the best you can.”

Proudest Accomplishments: First place in microbiology category at Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair; first place in calculus category at Greater New Orleans Literary Rally; National Merit Semifinalist

Plans for College Study: Anthropology, ecology, and evolutionary biology

Anticipated Career: Possibly a science career

Favorite nonacademic pursuits: Community service, violin, Mu Alpha Theta

Chi Cao wins MathCounts

Chi Cao, an eighth-grader at Glasgow Middle Magnet, was the top individual performer during the MathCounts Regional Competition in February at the Transportation Training and Education Center at LSU.

The Louisiana Engineering Society, Baton Rouge Chapter, which held the competition, released the results recently.

The Glasgow Middle Magnet team of Cao, Mason Guillot, Orianne Luo, and Max Pan was the first-place team.

The St. Thomas More team of Chris Alumbaugh, Josh Brooks, Christopher McElveen, and Tiffany Pham took second place.

Third place went to the St. Jude the Apostle team of Elizabeth Amedee, Andrew Ford, Eugene Kim and Khoiru Nguyen.

Invitational celebrates jazz

Jazz ensembles and combos from East Baton Rouge Parish high schools will participate in the 47th annual Fortier Gerbrecht Invitational Jazz Ensemble Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Baton Rouge Magnet High School Auditorium, 2825 Government St.

This year’s concert will include musicians from The Dunham School, Catholic High, EBR Talented Arts Jazz Combo, West Feliciana High, Central High, St. Michael High and Baton Rouge Magnet High.

Admission is $3. Students in grades eight and below get in free.

Zahid wins BR Math Contest

Ethan Zahid, of Parkview Elementary, took first place in the 2013 Baton Rouge Math Contest held Feb. 16 at Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School.

Kevin Zhou, of Shenandoah Elementary, finished in second place; Abby Debenport, of The Dufrocq School, came in third; Amy Ruckman, of Belfair Montessori Magnet, came in fourth.

More than 200 fourth- and fifth-grade students from 46 elementary schools in East Baton Rouge Parish competed. The top 25 students will receive four weeks of intensive science, technology, engineering and mathematics training at LSU, Southern University and Kenilworth.

Visit for a complete list of top finishers.

LSU Summer Scholars

LSU University College’s Summer Scholars program is accepting applications for its class of 2013.

The eight-week program, designed to prepare high-achieving under-represented, minority students to transition from high school to college, includes enrollment in six credit hours of coursework; study/discussion groups with supplemental instructors and tutors; social and cultural enrichment activities; residence in on-campus housing; academic, self-improvement, and leadership seminars; and academic advising, course scheduling, and career goal development.

Scholarships cover tuition, housing, meal plan, enrichment activities and other expenses. The application deadline is March 8. Visit

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