Students Participate in Regional PJAS Competition/19 Qualify for States

Several Fox Chapel Area students recently won awards at the 83rd Annual Region 7 Meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS). A total of 19 of those students qualified for the state competition.

Fox Chapel Area first place winners were: senior Austin Fisher; juniors Shania Khatri and Albert Liu; sophomores Arnav Gupta, Theresa Heidenreich, Zachary Lakkis, Ji-Yool Moon, and Ziya Xu; freshmen Hanna Chen, Rajeev Godse, Anzu Sekikawa, and Ameya Velankar; eighth graders Amulya Garimella, Catherine Heidenreich, Anthony Nguyen, Vinisha Sant, and Elizabeth Schwartzman; and seventh graders Mona Gerges and Theodor Urban. The first place winners have qualified for the state PJAS competition which will be held May 14-16, 2017, at Penn State University (Main Campus).

Fox Chapel Area second place winners were: juniors Andreas Paljug, Trisha Shah, and Claudia Simon; sophomores Vaishavi Agrawal, Sanjana Harish, Kathryn Schwartzman, and Gina Wang; freshmen Serena Fisher and Christiana Paljug; eighth graders Suparna Agrawal, Jackson Romero, and Nishi Thawani; and seventh grader Janise Kim.

The Fox Chapel Area third place winner was senior Ayan Sinha.

The following Fox Chapel Area High School students received these special awards in addition to their place awards: Austin Fisher and Ayan Sinha each received six-year Perseverance awards; Shania Khatri received an Innovation Works Award; Theresa Heidenreich won a PJAS Director’s Award in Biology and a Duquesne University Excellence in Scientific Pursuit award; Zachary Lakkis won a Carnegie Mellon University for Nucleic Acids Science and Technology Award; Hanna Chen received the Southwest Pennsylvania Outreach Award and the Society of Women Engineers’ Award; Rajeev Godse won a Perfect Score Award and a PJAS Director’s Award in Math; and Anzu Sekikawa won the Duquesne University Award for Excellence in Chemistry and Biochemistry – Dr. Kurt C. Schreiber and a PJAS Director’s Award in Chemistry.

The following Dorseyville Middle School students received these special awards in addition to their first place awards: Catherine Heidenreich, Elizabeth Schwartzman, and Theodor Urban each won a Duquesne University Award for Excellence in Scientific Pursuit; Mona Gerges received a Perfect Score Award, a Westinghouse Women in Engineering Award, and an American Chemical Society Award; and Theodor Urban also won an American Society of Civil Engineers Award.

The participating students (from several schools from Allegheny and Westmoreland counties) researched their science projects for several months. During the competition, each of the students was required to give an oral presentation on his or her science project in front of a panel of judges. The regional competition was held at Duquesne University February 4.