Students at Virginia's Thomas Jefferson High School for School & Technology need no convincing that it pays to be technologically savvy. Kids from that science magnet school near Washington, D.C., raked in nearly $120,000 worth of prizes on Nov. 23, when they took top honors in the annual ThinkQuest Awards.

Advanced Network and Services Inc., a company instrumental in creating the technical backbone of the internet, doled out more than $1.2 million in scholarships and prizes to 34 teams of students during its ThinkQuest Awards this year--and students from Thomas Jefferson High School claimed nearly 10 percent of the winnings.

The contest,


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