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Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake senior named finalist in prominent science competition

Karen Tararache & WNYT Staff
Updated: January 18, 2020 02:49 PM
Created: January 18, 2020 01:00 AM

The Regeneron Science Talent Search is the nation's oldest and most prestigious science competition for high school seniors.  

Hannah Shell a Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School senior, has been named a finalist.

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When Shell was 7 years old, her brother was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma.

Her father was also diagnosed with cancer, so she knew her future would involve studying the disease.

Hannah conducted research at Albany Medical College, studying the effects of a cancerous gene on the cells that line our blood vessels.

Hannah was one of 2,000 students nationwide to be recognized for her research in the Regeneron Science Talent Search.

Of 300 semi-finalists, only 40 will have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to compete for up to $250,000 for first place.

Hannah will find out if she qualified next month.

Hear more about Hannah's research, and what qualifying means to her, by watching the video of Karen Tararache's story.


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