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11 East Junior HS students earn awards in science

 PM East Junior HS -PJAS
 Pocono Mountain East Junior High School students brought home 11 awards from the 56th Regional Competition of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy (PJAS) of Science at Wilkes University on March 4.

Approximately, 400 junior high school students competed in the competition where only 12 Excellence Awards were given out to the junior high competitors, one in each of the 12 research categories. Eighth grader Emma Thompson earned one of these highly-coveted awards, an Excellence Award in Junior High Earth and Space Science for her research project, “Lightbulb’s Effect on Light Pollution.” Also, eighth grader Maya Yagan earned a perfect score for her research project in physics, “Which Battery Brand Lasts the Longest.”

In addition, the seventh and eighth grade students each earned an award at the competition bringing home seven First Awards, three Second Awards and one Third Award.

Congratulations to the East Junior HS Regional PJAS award winners, as follows:

First Awards:
  • Roshan Forde, grade 8, research category – Biochemistry, project – “Stimulant's Effect on Heartrate” 
  • Lilia Karcmyczk, grade 8, research category - Behavioral Science, project – “Gender's Effect on Observation”
  • Julia Maslinksi, grade 8, research category – Chemistry, project – “Temperature's Effect on Crystallization”
  • Patricia Olsen, grade 8, research category – Physics, project – “Color's Effect on Heat Absorption”
  • Emma Thompson, grade 8, research category - Earth & Space, project – “Lightbulb's Effect on Light Pollution”
  • Jade VanWinkle, grade 8, research category - Behavioral Science, project – “Gender's Effect on Sound Frequency”
  • Maya Yagan, grade 8, research category – Physics, project – “Which Battery Brand Lasts the Longest”
Second Awards:
  • Santiago Churin, grade 8, research category – Physics, project – “Which Type of Firewood Burns the Longest?”
  • Calvin Hubbard, grade 8, research category– Physics, project – “Phone Radiation”
  • Ssabela Zablackis, grade 8, research category – Microbiology, project – “Hand Sanitizer vs. Hand Soap”
Third Award:
  • Luke Spece, grade 7, research category – Physics, project – “Electricity's Effect on Plant Growth”
Congratulations to the East Junior HS Regional PJAS award winners.
 
(Information and photo provided by Pocono Mountain School District PJAS Advisors Dr. Susan Thackara, Maureen Elswick, Michael Blough, and Suzanne Croll)
 



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