St. Gregory College Preparatory School senior Kylie Yuanqi Zhang will represent Arizona at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Washington, D.C., next week.

Zhang is advancing after taking the top prize at the Arizona Junior Science and Humanities Symposium last month, winning a $2,000 scholarship and an invitation to present her research on creating a more economical and efficient 3D modeling system.

The 18-year-old international student from Hengshui, Hebei, China, hopes her discoveries might lead to better 3D modeling for toy and fashion manufacturing, and possible application in cancer treatment by creating highly accurate tumor models.

The National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium is a collaborative effort between the research offices of the United States Departments of the Army, Navy and Air Force, the Academy of Applied Science and leading research universities throughout the nation. The Department of Defense provides funding for the national event and for scholarships.