What caught our eye was that the second-place winner in the 50th annual Westinghouse Science Talent Search for high school students is a 1989 arrival from the Soviet Union. Denis Lazarev, of Fair Lawn, N.J., was born in Kiev.

But a quick inquiry showed there's nothing extraordinary in that. Seven of the 40 finalists in the prestigious nationwide competition were born abroad, and both parents of another 17 are foreign-born.It's hard to know whether to be more proud that these smart, hard-working immigrants are prospering in the Land of Opportunity - or dismayed that only 16 finalists are more than second-generation American. Are we doing something wrong?