SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Five Santa Clara County high school seniors have been selected as finalists in the this year’s Intel Science Talent Search in Washington D.C., according to the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

Forty finalists will travel to the nation’s capital in March to compete for $1,012,500 in awards, including the top three receiving $150,000 each, county education officials announced last week.

The Intel Science Talent Search is a program of the Society for Science & the Public that encourages students to tackle challenging scientific questions.

Anjini Karthik of Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, Jonathan Ma of The Harker School in San Jose, Anin Sayana of Bellarmine College Preparatory School in San Jose, Pranav Srinivas of Monta Vista High School in Cupertino and Maya Varma of Presentation High School in San Jose will represent the Bay Area at the competition, according to county officials.

The students are past or current participants of the Synopsys Championship, Santa Clara County’s Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held this year on March 17.

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