Holy Redeemer Students Capture State Science Competition Awards

HOLY REDEEMER’S STATE PJAS PARTICIPANTS are shown, front from left: Sarah Thomas, Mountaintop; Collin Gatrone, Collin Halagarda, Alexia Mazzarella, Amanda Halchak, Angela Malinovitch, Abigail Truschel, Mountaintop; Hailey Noss. Row two: Julia Randazzo, Cameron Brennan, Alyssa Christian, Shelby Smith, Jenna Jachimiak, Madison White, Jamie Carty, Anthony Khoudary. Back: Nicole Frusciante, Linda Rakauskas, Arvind Murali, Monica Morrison, Olivia Greer, Caitlin Croke, Mountaintop; Bryce Partlow, Stephen Wise. Holy Redeemer High School, the largest Catholic high school sponsored by the Diocese of Scranton, is located in Wilkes-Barre on South Pennsylvania Blvd. Mrs. Anita Sirak is principal.

Holy Redeemer High School science and math students competed in the state PJAS (Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science) competition at Penn State University in State College. All students won first or second place awards.

Cameron Brennan won the Marine Science Award and will spend a week in a science camp at Chincoteague Bay Field Station in Virginia. He also won a first place award in ecology.

Holy Redeemer students who earned first place awards in mathematics are Jamie Carty, Jenna Jachimiak, Monica Morrison, Bryce Partlow, Shelby Smith, and Madison White. First place winners in other areas are Collin Halagarda, physics; Alyssa Christian and Sarah Thomas, Mountaintop, chemistry; Julia Randazzo, behavioral psychology; Thea Seasock, biology; Angela Malinovitch, microbiology.

Second place winners in math are Victoria Fulton, Collin Gatrone, Amanda Halchak, Anthony Khoudary, Hailey Noss, and Abigail Truschel. Other second place winners are Caitlin Croke, Mountaintop, physics; Olivia Greer, behavioral psychology; Alexia Mazzarella and Arvind Murali, microbiology.

Perseverance awards were given to Caitlin Croke, Mountaintop, (5 years) and Arvind Murali (4 years).

Faculty sponsors who guided students during their research were Mary Humiston, Linda Rakauskas, Joseph Suchocki, Stephen Wise, Ashley Shaffren, William Milz, Eugene Gowisnok, Nicole Frusciante.