Chairman: I recently learned that one of my constituents,
Miss Divya Nettimi of Oakton, was one of 40 finalists
in the nationwide 2004 Intel Science Talent Search.
For this honor, she won a $5,000 scholarship and a notebook
computer. However, this honor is not the extent of her
awards: she was one of 20 students chosen by USA Today
for its 2004 High School Academic Team and also received
a $16,500 Micron Science and Technology Scholarship.
recently graduated from a school with which I am very
familiar: the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science
and Technology. There, she helped start the Assistive
Technology Club that makes reading devices to help children
with motor-disabilities learn to communicate. She has
also received the Congressional Award Bronze Medal for
exceptional community service and personal development.
Divya was recognized by the Siemens Corporation in the
Awards for Advanced Placement as the National Female
Winner. In 2003, she was a semi-finalist in the National
Chemistry Olympiad and in 2002 she received the AP Scholar
with Honor award from the College Board.
will be attending Stanford University and hopes to become
a research scientist. Her work has focused on developing
a method of theoretically calculating the rate at which
myosin reacts with ATP and drives muscle contraction.
Her findings note that the reaction rate is primarily
affected by myosin, and only indirectly by ATP, suggesting
more and denser muscle tissue is needed to add more
myosin in order to perform more strenuous activity.
I move that the Office of Public Affairs prepare a Certificate
of Recognition for Divya to recognize her outstanding
commitment to the citizens of Fairfax County and to
the field of science. Further, I ask that Divya and
School Board member Phil Niedzielski-Eichner be invited
to come before the Board of Supervisors at our September
13, 2004 meeting before she leaves for Stanford.