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East High student scientists excel at regional competition
|The months of preparation paid off for 23 Pocono Mountain East High School students who earned awards for their research projects at the 56th Annual Regional Meeting of The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) at Wilkes University.|
The East students were among 39 Pocono Mountain School District students and 750 students from over 7 counties in Northeastern PA who presented their research projects to a panel of judges at the prestigious science competition.
Freshman Karol Bialk earned a perfect score and an Excellence Award in Junior High Botany for his research project, “Different Light’s Effect on Plant Growth;” sophomore Michael Olsen earned an Excellence Award in Physics for his research project, “Color of an LED's Effect on Thermal Equilibrium;” freshman Mikayla Regan earned an Excellence Award in Junior High Ecology for her research project, “Ferrofluid and Petroleum Clean Up.”
An excellence award is given to one Junior High student (grades 7-9) and one Senior High student (grades 10-12) in each of the research categories. PMSD students earned 4 of these outstanding awards.
Also, freshman Dushaum Thompson earned a perfect score in Behavioral Science for his research project, “Effect of Reinforcement of Test Scores.”
Perseverance Awards were presented to the following seniors who have participated in PJAS Regional Competition for a minimum of three years:
In addition, the following students earned First and Second Awards:
(Information and photo provided by Pocono Mountain School District PJAS Advisors Dr. Susan Thackara, Maureen Elswick, Michael Blough and Suzanne Croll)