Students Win Awards in State Science Competition

Several Fox Chapel Area School District students recently won awards at the 84th Annual State Meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS). Fox Chapel Area first-place state winners were juniors Vaishavi Agrawal, Zachary Lakkis, Kathryn Schwartzman, Gina Wang, and Ziya Xu; sophomores Rajeev Godse and Zeynep Ozkaya; freshmen Amulya Garimella, Anthony Nguyen, Jackson Romero, and Sanjay Seshan; and eighth graders Mona Gerges, Zoe Lakkis, and Siddharth Yende. Fox Chapel Area second-place winners were freshmen Vinisha Sant and Elizabeth Schwartzman; eighth graders Janise Kim and Theodor Urban; and seventh grader Arvind Seshan.

The following Fox Chapel Area High School students received these special awards in addition to their first-place awards: Zachary, Rajeev, Sanjay, Mona, and Zoe each received Perfect Score awards; Zachary also won a Duane Keenan Memorial Award for Excellence; Sanjay also received a PJAS Directors Award for Engineering Excellence, and Mona received a PJAS Directors Award for Biology Excellence.

The participating Fox Chapel Area High School and Dorseyville Middle School students were among more than 3,200 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 20-22, 2018. All of the Fox Chapel Area students participating at the state level were named first-place winners at the 84th Annual Region 7 Meeting of the PJAS in February.