Students Win Awards in State Science Competition

Several Fox Chapel Area School District students recently won awards at the 82nd Annual State Meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS). Fox Chapel Area first place state winners were seniors Anja Schempf and Sreeroopa Som; juniors Rohan Chalasani, Tanvi Meringenti, Ellen Pil, and William Schwartzman; sophomore Sarthak Navjivan; freshmen Sanjana Harish and Ji-Yool Moon, eighth graders Rajeev Godse and Anzu Sekikawa; and seventh grader Anthony Nguyen. Second place winners were freshmen Kathryn Schwartzman and Gina Wang and eighth grader Ameya Velankar. Additionally, Sarthak, Rajeev, and Anthony each received a Perfect Score Award.

The participating Fox Chapel Area High School and Dorseyville Middle School students were among approximately 3,000 students in grades seven-twelve who participated in the state PJAS competition. Each researched their science projects for several months and was required to give an oral presentation on his or her science project in front of a panel of judges.

The state competition was held at Penn State University (Main Campus) May 15-17, 2016. All of the Fox Chapel Area students participating at the state level were named first place winners at the 82nd Annual Region 7 Meeting of the PJAS in February.

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