On Oct. 18, Evanston Township High School junior Alex Sincere, (standing second from right), was awarded First Place in the 2010 DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition, traveled with other student winners of 36 competitions to the White House to meet President Barack Obama. 

The students were recognized for their accomplishments at the first White House Science Fair, part of the Administration’s Educate to Innovate initiative, aimed at moving American students from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math achievement.

 Alex said the opportunity to have a tour of the White House, shake hands with and speak briefly to the President was “incredible and motivating. He said, “I have been interested in pursuing medicine, but this whole experience has opened my eyes to the research side of science as well.”

 Alex’s winning essay, “Stem Cells: Sight for Sore Eyes,” focuse on stem cell research on mice that could lead to a treatment for human blindness.