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27 Pocono Mountain students qualify to compete at state-level Science competition

PMSD Regional PJAS Team

 

Junior Scientists:  Pocono Mountain’s students earned 27 First Awards, nine Second Awards, five Excellence Awards, four perfect scores, two scholarships, and two summer fellowships when they competed against more than 600 students from schools at the Regional Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition at Wilkes University. The 27 First Award winners are headed to the state-level PJAS in May.

 

27 Pocono Mountain students qualify to compete at state-level Science competition

 

Scholarships, fellowships, excellence awards, perfect scores – Pocono Mountain School District students proved they had the science know-how to excel at the Regional Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science held at Wilkes University on March 2.

 

The District sent 36 students in grades 7 to 12 to the science competition where more than 600 students from schools throughout the Northeast Region presented their research projects. Twenty-seven District students earned First Awards and qualified to compete at the state-level PJAS competition. Another nine Pocono Mountain students earned Second Awards for their science research.

 

In addition, PM West High School senior Amanda Moody earned a $2,000 per year scholarship for 4 years to Kings College, and PM East High School senior Kristina Rinaldi earned a $500 scholarship to the college of her choice, along with a Perfect Score, an Excellence Award in Microbiology, and the coveted Director’s Award.

 

Other district students receiving Excellence Awards as the best in Region 2 in their field of study were: East High School senior Alex Lindenbaum in Physics and junior Jackie Dudley in Earth/Space; and East Junior High 8th graders Alexa Petroff in Earth/Space and Alyssa King in Zoology.

 

East High School seniors Marco Polimeni, Rocco Polimeni and Alex Lindenbaum also earned Perfect Scores on their research projects.

 

In addition, East High School sophomores Santiago Churion and Calvin Hubbard received Lacawac Sanctuary Summer Fellowships, where the students will spend two weeks at Lacawac Sanctuary conducting ecology research while working alongside of the sanctuary staff and professors from various universities that conduct summer research there.

 

East High School students earning First Awards and advancing to states are seniors Alexander Lindenbaum, Michael Olsen, Marco Polimeni, Rocco Polimeni and Kristina Rinaldi; juniors Jackie Dudley, Dean Nyberg, Dushaun Thompson and Emma Thompson; sophomores Santiago Churion, Roshan Forde, Patricia Olsen and Maya Yagan; and freshman Brynn Withey.

 

West High School students earning First Awards and advancing to states are senior Amanda Moody, sophomore Jace Eisler, and 9th grader Kiel Birthwright.

 

East Junior High School students earning First Awards and advancing to states are 8th graders Jaden Cook, Daniella Erlanger, Emily Farley, Katelyn Ingrassi, Alyssa King, Alexa Petroff, Jessica Rinaldi, Madison Rios and Asia Spooner; and 7th grader Adam Kacmercwicz.

 

Earning Second Awards were East High School junior Shannon Lawlor and sophomores Calvin Hubbard and Julia Maslinski; and East Junior High School 8th graders Katherine Gude, Edward Lockie, Cayla Martin, Christiana Savage and Adam Yagan, and 7th grader Eden Miller.

 

“PJAS is a statewide organization of junior and senior high school students designed to stimulate and promote interest in science among its members through the development of research projects and investigations,” according to the PJAS website. 

 

Pocono Mountain’s state qualifiers will prepare for their next big scientific challenge, presenting their research projects to a panel of judges at the state-level competition at Penn State, May 19 to 21.