Students from Holy Redeemer High School earned a variety of awards at the 55th Regional Meeting of the PA Junior Academy of Science, receiving recognition in fields from biology to mathematics. A total of 23 students won first place awards, making them eligible to participate in the state competition in May at Penn State University, where 3000 students from 13 regions will compete. The regional meet was held at Wilkes University.
PJAS competitions are designed to stimulate and promote interest in science and math through research development and are open to students in grades 7-12.
Other students who received a first place in mathematics included Mountaintop area residents Matthew Hayden, Brianna Phillips, and Makenzie Savner.
Grace Dacey of Mountaintop earned first place awards in biology. McKaylia Ward, Mountaintop, was among the first place winners in
chemistry. Sarah Thomas, also of Mountaintop, earned second place in behavioral psychology. Taylor Josefowicz, Mountaintop, earned second place in chemistry.
Perseverance Award was presented to Sarah Thomas for six years of PJAS participation.
Faculty sponsors who guided students during their research were Mary Humiston, Linda Rakauskas, Steven Wise, and Rosemary McCloskey.