Playa del Rey resident Jaye Kasper, a senior at Milken Community High School in Bel-Air, was selected as a regional finalist to attend the fourth annual Young Epidemiology Scholars (YES) Competition in Washington, D.C. Friday through Monday, April 13th through 16th. The competiton is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and administered by the College Board.

Her science research paper titled ìThe Religiosity, Parenting Self-Efficacy, Depression and Anxiety of HIV Positive Mothers and Their Childrenî was one of the record 717 entries submitted by students from throughout the country and one of only 60 chosen to advance to the YES Competition in Washington, D.C., according to Young Epidemiology Scholars.

Kasper received a $2,000 scholarship for being selected as one of ten finalists from the West Region.

By reaching the competition in Washington, D.C., Kasper was eligible to win a college scholarship worth up to $50,000.

Officials of Young Epidemiology Scholars said the competition is aimed at inspiring talented students to investigate the factors that affect health and to identify ways to improve the health of the public.

The organization believes that the basic skills required in epidemiology ó framing the right question, collecting relevant information and analyzing it to answer the question ó are skills that will help students succeed in their future academic and career pursuits, according to Young Epidemiology Scholars.

Kasper plans to attend USC in the fall and is considering studying business.