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Congratulations to Brandon Yan, South Class of 2020, as one of only 100 students from across the country to win a prestigious Emperor Science Award. Brandon will spend the next few months, April through August, conducting breast cancer research along side Jason Zoeller, Ph.D., who is a professor of cell biology at Harvard Medical School. The award program is designed to empower high school students to become scientists in the field of cancer research and care.

Brandon is not only interested in science but also math, computer programming and coding, and economics. Brandon would like to thank Kate Leonas, his high biology teacher, for making him aware of the award.

"Brandon told me that he may not have even applied for such a highly competitive award if I hadn't made him aware of it," said Ms. Leonas, "and especially hadn't been so encouraging. I said 'Go for it!' You never know if you might win; but if you don't try...then you definitely won't..."

The Emperor Science Award Program is an extension of the Ken Burns PBS documentary, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, a film by Barak Goodman. PBS and Stand Up To Cancer manage the science award program, which is sponsored by several medical-related companies.

Again, Brandon, congratulations on being a part of this valuable mentorship program.