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Catlin Gabel School has much to celebrate as one of its own placed among the top 10 honorees at the Intel Science Talent Search awards ceremony Tuesday in Washington, D.C.


Yale Fan, an 18-year-old senior, placed ninth among the top 10 winners, earning him a $20,000 award for his research that demonstrated the advantages of quantum computing in performing difficult computations.

'Intel is so proud of Yale for his Intel STS achievement,' said Aubrey Clark, Intel's education relations manager in Oregon. 'His achievement is likely a predictor that he has a bright future ahead of him as one of America's great scientists.'

Fan and fellow Catlin Gabel senior Kevin Ellis participated as finalists in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search in the last week, making them the first in the school's history to earn the honor.

This also marks only the second time one Oregon school has had two Intel Science Talent Search finalists.

This year's finalists hailed from 18 states and represented 36 schools. Of the 1,736 high school seniors who entered the Intel Science Talent Search, 300 were announced as semifinalists in January. Of those, 40 were chosen as finalists and invited to Washington, D.C., to compete for the top 10 awards.

Ellis won a $7,500 award for his work.

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