WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Colorado high school student who invented a glove that converts American sign language into text on a portable screen has won a top award for young scientists.
Ryan Patterson, an 18-year-old senior at Central High School in Grand Junction, won a $100,000 scholarship, besting nine other students Monday in the 60th Intel Science Talent Search Competition in Washington.
The award is considered ''the junior Nobel Prize'' among many in the field of scientific research. Past winners include nine Nobel laureates, nine MacArthur Foundation fellows and two Fields medalists.
Patterson's sign language translator allows those sign to be understood by those who do not.
Second place went to Jacob Licht, of West Hartford (Conn.) High School for research challenging previous conceptions on how patterns can be found within disorder. Licht won $75,000.
Emily Riehl, 17, of University High School in Bloomington, Ill., won third place and a $50,000 scholarship for a math project on geometric objects.
Others who won awards:
Kirsten Frieda, 17, of Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, won $25,000.
Marc Burrell, 17, of Nicolet High School in Glendale, Wis., won $25,000.
Nikita Rozenblyum, 17, of Stuyvesant High School in New York City, won $25,000.
Beckett Sterner, 17, of University of Chicago Labora-tory School in Chicago, won $20,000.
Brandon Palmen, 18, of Mayo High School in Rochester, Minn., won $20,000.
Vivek Venkatachalam, 18, of Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights, .J., won $20,000.
Jessica Stahl, 17, of South Side High School in Rockville Centre, N.Y., won $20,000.
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