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Brentwood Student Tries for $100,000 Science Prize

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Brentwood High School student is competing this week for a $100,000 science prize in the nation’s capital.

Brentwood High senior Joyce Kang is the lone finalist from Tennessee and one of 40 students chosen to attend the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search.

Kang presented her project to judges yesterday. She created a new, simple, low-cost process for storing energy that involves super-capacitors, carbon fiber, and nano tubes.

“The hope is that in the future I’ll be able to scale up the technology to be used to power things like cell phones, laptops, and also store energy from renewable power plants like solar and wind power.”

The competition’s winners will be announced tomorrow evening with $100,000 awarded as the top prize. Kang says there’s also been other interesting perks as well.

“We got to meet President Obama at the White House, which was really exciting for us, and each of us had a minor planet named after us from the MIT Lincoln Laboratory. So, we’ve been treated like rock stars here whih has been so much fun.”

Kang conducted her research the past two summers while working as a lab intern at Vanderbilt University. She’s waiting now to hear if she’s been accepted to study engineering next year at Stanford University.