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Finalists & Winners
2006 Finalists

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Almas Abdulla

Nicholas Anthony

Shalila Baena

Aaron Burrows

Joseph Church

David Cohn, III

Amy David

Isabella Dominguez

Cyanna Skye Edwards

Erin Edwards

Shilpi Ganguly

Jack Grundy

Anthony Hennig

Jacob Hurwitz

Otana Jakpor

Taylor Jones

Theo Jones

Nolan Kamitaki

Manpreet Kaur

Sophie Klimcak

Nicholas Lemp

Jason Lloyd

Mikael Matossian

Collin McAliley

Jayleen McAlpine

Kushal Naik

Theresa Oei

William Pete

Lindsey Precht

Mackensie Quade

Radhika Rawat

Philip Ricker

Michael Sewell

Aarthi Shankar

David Tao

Jayne Thompson

Paige Thompson

Joel Tinker

Trevor van Voorthuijsen

Scott Yu

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Jacob enjoys solving puzzles and playing baseball, the piano, and the trumpet. Scott likes learning Chinese and studying art, the saxophone, and the piano.
Jacob hopes for a career either in mathematics or science, "due to my predilection for deciphering the unknown." Scott, on the other hand, is undecided. "I think that I should just continue pursuing my hobbies and wait to see how things end up playing out," Scott says.
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Jacob and Scott were inspired to study people's understanding of word permutations based on a chain e-mail suggesting that readers can easily decipher scrambled text. They decided to examine how demographic factors, such as a subject's education, family history, and school attendance affect the ability to read and comprehend passages of scrambled words.
Jacob and Scott composed six paragraphs and wrote a computer program to scramble the letters in the paragraphs' words. They had students at their school read the permutated paragraphs and answer five comprehension questions. Jacob and Scott found that intensive scrambling slowed the volunteers' reading and lowered their comprehension. However, subjects who attended preschool or whose parents attended college performed best. Subjects with frequent school absences performed worst.

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