Five Central Florida students who've already won top awards at county and state science fairs will compete this weekend in the Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition.
The five competing for the "Ying Prize" will explain their research to a panel of judges Saturday. The winner, whose prize includes a $5,000 scholarship, will be announced Sunday.
The five students are:
Zachary Loeb, from at Viera High in Brevard County.
Divya Ravinder, from Bartow High in Polk County.
Rikhav Shah, from Lake Highland Preparatory in Orange County.
Sarah Van Sickle, from Satellite Beach High in Brevard County
Nirva Vassa, from Seminole High in Seminole County.
Both Sarah and Nirva will be competing in May in the International Science and Engineering Fair held in Phoenix.
All five "Ying" finalists are "exemplary" science students who've competed and won in other science fairs. Their research projects cover a range of fields, including computer science and environmental science, according to the Orlando Science Center, which helps sponsor the Ying Competition.