Magnet school seniors state winners of Siemens Awards

Posted Feb. 27, 2011, at 5:16 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 27, 2011, at 8:23 p.m.
Elizabeth Coyne of Orono
Elizabeth Coyne of Orono
Robert Costa
Robert Costa

LIMESTONE, Maine — Two seniors at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone have been named the Maine state winners of the 2010 Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement.

The students are Robert Costa of Machiasport and Elizabeth Coyne of Orono.

The awards, which include a $2,000 college scholarship, recognize one male and one female student in each state who have earned the maximum score of 5 in the greatest number of Advanced Placement courses in science and mathematics.

Costa has completed four AP courses at MSSM, scoring 5’s on all of them. Coyne has completed five AP courses, scoring 5’s on four of them. Both students are currently enrolled in two additional AP courses, which they expect to complete this spring.

This is the first time that both the male and female Siemens Award winners in Maine have come from the same high school.

Costa is the son of Roberta Lichtenger of Machiasport and Robert Costa of Perry. He plans to go to college and then pursue graduate studies to become a research scientist. At MSSM, he has been a member of the math team and the student senate, and he plays violin in the instrumental ensemble.

Coyne is the daughter of Chae Choi and Dennis Coyne of Orono. She plans to study physics in college but is still deciding on a career. At MSSM, Elizabeth has been a member of the math team, science bowl and A Capella.

The Maine School of Science and Mathematics is a public, residential magnet school that offers an advanced curriculum in science, mathematics and the humanities to students in grades 9-12 from throughout Maine and the rest of the world.  U.S. News and World Report identified MSSM as a Gold Medal high school — one of the top 100 in the U.S. in 2010.

Tuition at the magnet school is free for Maine residents. Families are responsible for the room and board fee, but financial aid is available.

The Siemens Foundation provides more than $7 million annually in support of educational initiatives in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math in the United States. Siemens AG, which is headquartered in Germany, is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering and is the world’s largest provider of environmental technologies.

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