Fox Chapel Area Students Participate in Regional PJAS Competition

Several Fox Chapel Area students recently won awards at the 81st Annual Region 7 Meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS). A total of 25 of those students qualified for the state competition.

Fox Chapel Area first place winners were: seniors Sonia Appasamy, Gerry Chen, Rama Godse, and Emma Schwartzman; juniors Stephen Polcyn, Anja Schempf, and Manasa Thada; sophomores Darwin Leuba, Tanvi Meringenti, and William Schwartzman; freshmen Afaf Nabeeha and Sarthak Navjivan; eighth graders Arnav Gupta, Theresa Heidenreich, Jayanth Kashyap, Zachary Lakkis, Nicholas Lauer, Ji-Yool Moon, Sanam Parwani, Kathryn Schwartzman, and Annika Urban; and seventh graders Hanna Chen, Rajeev Godse, Christiana Paljug, and Ameya Velankar. The first place winners have qualified for the state PJAS competition which will be held May 17-19, 2015, at Penn State University (Main Campus).

Fox Chapel Area second place winners were: senior Frank Lou; sophomores Austin Fisher, Elizabeth Heidenreich, Moira McCormick, and Ayan Sinha; freshmen Tao Sheng and Bridget Wang; eighth graders Sanjana Harish, Shudipto Wahed, and Gina Wang; and seventh graders Serena Fisher, Abdus Sami Mohammed, and Kavya Soman.

The Fox Chapel Area third place winner was eighth grader Nishika Mohnot.

The following Fox Chapel Area High School students received these special awards in addition to their place awards: Sonia Appasamy, Gerry Chen, Rama Godse, and Frank Lou each received Perseverance Awards; Emma Schwartzman received a Perseverance Award and an American Nuclear Society – Pittsburgh Section Award; Anja Schempf won an American Chemical Society – Pittsburgh Section Award; Tanvi Meringenti won a Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Vacuum Society Award; William Schwartzman won a Duquesne University Department of Math and Computer Science – Computer Science Award; and Bridget Wang won a Duquesne University Program in Forensic Science and Law Award. The following Dorseyville Middle School students received these special awards in addition to their place awards: Zachary Lakkis received an Innovation Works Award and a Carnegie Mellon University Center for Nucleic Acids Science & Technology Award; Nicholas Lauer won an American Society of Civil Engineers Award; Jayanth Kashyap received a Duquesne University Excellence in Scientific Pursuit Medal; Annika Urban received a Perfect Score Award, an Innovation Works Award, a Carnegie Mellon University Biomedical Engineering Award, a Society of Women Engineers Award, and a Duquesne University Excellence in Scientific Pursuit Medal; and Hanna Chen received a Duquesne University Excellence in Scientific Pursuit Medal.

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 7.