Local Student Recognized as a Top Youth Scientist


FREDERICK, Md. -  Like many students, Ben Freed is in school studying and talking to friends. 

But it's what he does in these labs through the Warner Kirsten Internship Program that made him one of 40 finalists in the National Intel Science Talent Search.

"It was insane. I never thought I would be a finalist. I was so excited,” said Freed.

His K-Ras protein research is what got him noticed.

“The KRas protein is mutated in over 30 percent of human cancers, so basically what happens to this protein is that it gets mutated so its constantly telling cells to divide which causes you know huge problems, cancer as well as some other diseases,” said Freed.

In his eyes, its a way to help change medicine.  

"If we can understand what causes it, the regulatory mechanisms which allow it to trigger this response, we have a better chance of creating things and drugs that can shut that down,” said Freed. 

And for those who know him, it's no surprise he made it this far.

"if there would be one student that would have stood out in my mind as someone who could have done this it would have been Ben,” said Scott Rippeon, teacher at Governor Thomas Johnson High School.

In March he’ll travel to WashingtonD.C. to compete for the $100,000 prize.

"It kind of morphed from just a little kid liking to build things to you know when I become aware of the world problems and such you know i thought you know I thought I want to help to solve these problems,” said Freed.

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