Girls take top science prizes

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Girls have swept a prestigious high school science competition for the first time, winning top prizes of $100,000 scholarships for their work on potential tuberculosis cures and bone growth in zebra fish.

It was the first time girls won the grand prizes in both the team and individual divisions of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, which concluded Monday in New York.

Isha Jain, a senior at Freedom High School in Bethlehem, Pa., won the individual prize for her biology project on bone growth in zebra fish fins.

Janelle Schlossberger and Amanda Marinoff, seniors at John F. Kennedy High School in Plainview, N.Y., won the top team prize for their research into tuberculosis treatments.