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2 Ga. students win Siemens Awards
2 Ga. students win Siemens Awards

ATLANTA -- Two metro Atlanta high school seniors are among 101 students nationwide to win the 2012-13 Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement.

The honor is given annually to the nation's top achievers in AP classes in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Each Siemens Awards winner -- one boy and one girl from every state -- receives a $2,000 college scholarship.

Georgia's winners are Tejas Khorana, who attends Wheeler High School in Marietta, and Heeyoon Kim, a student at Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology in Conyers.

Khorana has taken 11 AP classes so far in his high school career; AP Biology was his favorite. He is a straight-A student who plans to study computer science in college. He also enjoys swimming, tennis and tutoring his peers.

When asked to give advice to other AP students, Khorana said, "Be prepared for the rigor involved (and) learn good study habits."

Kim has taken 14 AP classes, but AP Chemistry was her favorite. In addition to being a Siemens Awards winner, she is a member of the Magnet Association of Student Activities, was a finalist at the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, placed fourth in the 2012 State Math Tournament and played the flute in the 2011 All State Band. She hopes to major in biomedical engineering, biochemistry, math or chemistry in college.

"Study a little bit at a time, every day. Towards late February or early March, create a schedule to review already learned material while simultaneously continuing to learn new material," is her advice to fellow students.

"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," Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, president of the Siemens Foundation, said in a statement.

Learn more about the awards program at siemens-foundation.org.