MMI Students Earn PJAS Awards
PREP SCHOOL STUDENTS AT MMI who earned awards during the regional Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science convention are, front from left: Chiara DeMelfi, Ashley Acri, Megan Klein, Laurel Jacketti-Funk, Kirsten Young, Lora Schell, Devon Sherwood, Emily Morrison, Eleanor Maduro and Emily Seratch. Row two: adviser Laura Petro, Sarah Moyer, Victoria Kline, Annika Fisk, Gabriellia Becker, Soprina Guarneri, Claire Sheen, Mountaintop; Farrah Qadri, Alexis Williams and adviser Susan Moyer. Row three: Llewellyn Dryfoos, Syed Yusuf Qadri, Joseph Yamulla, Justin Sheen, Mountaintop; Trebor Hall, David Polashenski, Devon Faul, Alexander Haber, Nicholas O’Clair, Tristan Gibbons, Mountaintop; and William Spear. Back: adviser Michael Mele, adviser Justin Vincent, Andrew Haber, Jay Solgama, Mountaintop; Hayden Francis, Aydun Adil, Casey Olszewski, Matthew Yurish, Sean Ducaji-Reap, Mountaintop; and Elijah Dove, Mountaintop.
MID-SCHOOL STUDENTS AT MMI who earned awards during the regional Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science convention are, front from left: Gabriella DeMelfi, Lacee Gera, Katie Eschenbach, Erin Sari, Dana Carrato, Lauren Babinetz, Caitlyn Kline, Mountaintop; and Angelica Alday, Mountaintop. Row two: Ali Aijaz, Mountainotp; Samuel Sessock, Garrett Kost, Joshua Narrow, Evan Dryfoos, Anirban Chowdhury and Niklas Byriel. Back: advisers Susan Moyer, Laura Petro, Justin Vincent and Michael Mele.

MMI Preparatory School students recently earned awards during the regional Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science convention held at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, with awards presented afterward at a dinner ceremony at the Genetti Best Western Hotel and Conference Center in Wilkes-Barre.

The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition is designed to stimulate and promote interest in science through the development of research investigations. The competition is open to all students in grades seven to 12 who wish to participate. Students conduct daughter of Robert and Victoria Pudish; Trebor Hall, son of Toni Foselli, Mountaintop, and Mark Hall, Texas; Justin Sheen, son of Kwangsup and Chaeyun Sheen; Jay Solgama, son of Paresh and Arti Solgama; and Tristan Gibbons, son of Russell and Edna Gibbons.

Mountaintop students who received second-place awards were: Angelica Alday, daughter of Senen Alday and Milagros Azcueta-Alday; Niklas Byriel, son of Kim and Julia Byriel; Caitlyn Kline, daughter of John and June Kline; Victoria Kline, daughter of John and June Kline; and Ali Aijaz, son of Fakhruddin and Naghma Aijaz.

scientific research in one of the 12 scientific categories of research. Students present their findings to a panel of judges at the regional competition. Students who receive a first-place award are eligible to move on to the state competition held in May at the Pennsylvania State University in State College.

MMI students from Mountaintop who received first-place awards included: Elijah Dove, son of Eric and Susan Dove; Claire Sheen, daughter of Kwangsup and Chaeyun Sheen; Sean Ducaji-Reap, son of Martin Reap, Laughlin, and Marion and Frank Babula; Stephanie Pudish,