Newton Student Wins Award, Scholarship from Siemens Foundation

The Newton North senior wins a $2,000 college scholarship as part of the award.

Newton North senior Christina Chen was recently named as one of two Massachusetts winners of the 2012-13 Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement.

According to a press release issued by the Siemens Foundation and The College Board, Chen was recognized with the award for being a top achiever in advanced placement (AP) courses in science, technology, engineering and mathmatics (STEM).

Chen, who has enrolled in 11 AP courses to date, is one of 101 students from across the country who were recognized with an award, the press release said. She will receive a $2,000 scholarship as part of the honor.

“We commend this year’s Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement winners on their hard work and dedication to STEM subjects, and we thank the teachers, parents and schools who supported their scholarship,” said Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, president of the Siemens Foundation, said in the press release.

Once she graduates high school, Chen said she will study mathematics in college, followed by a research career in science and mathematics, the press release said.

In addition to the Simens Award for Advance Placement, Chen has also been recognized as a 2012 Siemens Competition regional finalist, bronze medalist at 2011 China Girls Math Olympiad and a 2012 National Merit semifinalist.

The full press release on Chen and the award is included below:



Siemens Foundation Recognizes Christina Chen of Newton and

Skanda Koppula of Andover for STEM Achievement


ISELIN, NJ, February 6, 2013― Christina Chen, a senior at Newton North High School and Skanda Koppula, a senior at Phillips Academy in Andover, today were named the Massachusetts 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® (AP®) courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with a $2,000 college scholarship to one male and one female student in each state.  Two national winners (one male and one female) are also recognized, each receiving a $5,000 scholarship.  This year, 101 high school students in all 50 states – including 93 seniors and 8 juniors – were honored.

“We are proud to join our partners at the Siemens Foundation in recognizing these exceptional students. Today’s award-winners have the foundation to achieve great success in some of today’s most exciting, innovative careers,” said David Coleman, president of the College Board.



Total AP Courses Taken to Date (all disciplines including STEM):  11

Favorite AP Class:  Calculus BC

Advice to other AP students:  “Spend a lot of time reviewing the material and making sure that you actually understand the concepts rather than simply memorizing them.”

Proudest Accomplishments:  2012 Siemens Competition Regional Finalist; bronze medal at 2011 China Girls Math Olympiad; 2012 National Merit Semifinalist

Plans for College Study:  Mathematics

Anticipated Career:  Research science and mathematics

Favorite nonacademic pursuits: Drawing, reading and cooking


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