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West High student scientists earn recognition

 PM West HS PJAS
Five Pocono Mountain West High School students earned awards after presenting their research projects to a panel of judges at the 56th Annual Regional Meeting of The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) at Wilkes University.

The West 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.

Earning First Awards at the competition were:
  • Taylor Bertram, grade 10, research category - Behavioral Science, project – “Verbal vs Nonverbal Cues”
  • Paulida Tes, grade 12, research category – Mathematics, project – “The Calculus of Rainbows” 
  • Andrew Tieszen, grade 11, research category – Physics, project – “Which Type of Airplane Flap is Most Efficient?”
Earning Second Awards at the competition were:
  • Ria James, grade 11, research category - Behavioral Science, project – “Do Dogs Have an Effect on Human Blood Pressure?” 
  • Evan Simmons, grade 10, research category – Zoology, project –“Are Dugesia tigrina Negatively Phototactic? “ 
Also, Paulida Tes earned a Perseverance Award, which are presented to seniors who have participated in PJAS Regional Competition for a minimum of three years.

First Award winners will join over 3,000 students from all over the state to compete at the PJAS State Meeting held at The Pennsylvania State University on May 14-16.
 
(Information and photo provided by Pocono Mountain School District PJAS Advisors Dr. Susan Thackara, Maureen Elswick, Michael Blough, and Suzanne Croll)