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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Science-fair winner a credit to Hawai'i

In a month, Kimberly Reinhold of Hilo will head for Phoenix, where she'll compete with the best and brightest at the International Science and Engineering Fair.

No doubt, Kimberly will be tough competition. She's already won our admiration as Hawai'i's science-fair delegate.

And this is the fourth straight year that Kimberly, a senior at St. Joseph Junior and Senior High School, took top honors at the Hawai'i State Science and Engineering Fair.

Her computer science project series culminated in this year's work on artificial cognition and memory.

Kimberly's success is particularly encouraging and inspiring at a time when there is a dearth of women scientists and a lack of women entering the fields of science and engineering. She plans on becoming a researcher. And she's already been admitted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Her parents — both scientists — probably played a role in instilling Kimberly's interest in the field. But the 17-year-old certainly deserves credit in her own right for working hard and following her dream. Kudos, Kimberly, for a job well done.