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Southridge senior wins scholarship as the top state Siemens finisher

Xueyin Wen, a senior at Southridge High School, was named the Oregon state female winner of the 2011 Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement, a signature program of the Siemens Foundation administered by the national College Board.

Wen earned top scores in Advanced Placement science and math courses to earn a $2,000 college scholarship and recognition as one of America's top achievers. Taking seven AP courses so far, she is among 101 high school recipients leading the nation in AP math and science course performance, said Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, president of the Siemens Foundation.

'We are proud to recognize them for their academic excellence,' she said.

Wen, who plans to study computer science and electrical engineering in college, is also a National Merit Semifinalist and a state finalist in the Speech and Debate competition, prose division. When not hitting the books, she stays busy hiking, painting and participating in Key Club.

Calling the AP exams the 'gold standard' in global academic standards, College Board President Gaston Caperton praised Wen and her fellow award recipients this year.

'I am incredibly proud of the hard work put in by each and every one of them, and I look forward to watching them grow up to change the world,' he said.

Established in 1998, the Siemens Awards dedicate $2,000 college scholarships to students from 50 states who earn the most scores of five on exams in AP courses such as biology, chemistry, computer science, statistics, physics and computer science, among others. Each state potentially has two winners, a male and female. Two additional national winners are awarded a $5,000 college scholarship.

For the list of winners, visit www.multivu.com .



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