Suncoast student participates in White House science fair

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SARASOTA - It was an exciting day for young scientists in Washington Monday -- especially one from the Suncoast.

President Obama hosted the White House science fair Monday. It features some 100 students from more than 40 states, including the Suncoast's own Brittany Wenger, a senior at Out-of-Door Academy.

She invented a program that detects a person's risk for cancer, and Monday she got the chance to show it off to the president.

Brittany and the other students are all winners of the nationwide STEM competitons. STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering, and Math.

President Obama says when students excel in math and science, that help the U.S. compete for the jobs and industries of the future.

Wenger used the same program in July, 2012 to win grand prize n the 2012 Google Science Fair.