ST. JUDE’S EXCELS AT PJAS COMPETITION-Twenty-two students at St. Jude School in Mountaintop recently competed in the 52nd Regional Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Competition held at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre. The school earned the distinction of receiving a plaque for the “award to the large school with the highest percentage of First Place Awards 2012-2013”. Four students also received a perfect score of 5 for their presentations –Chris Kocon, Brianna Phillips, Makenzie Savner, and Maria Strish. All First Place winners will advance to the State Competition to be held at Penn State Main Campus in May. Those achieving First Place Awards were Adam Abad, Alex Abad, Gigi Alberti, Yosi Bere, Bridget Dugan, Connor Evans, Julia Foust, Chris Gibbons, Rachel Jones, Chris Kocon, Lizzie Kolojejcheck, Ben Koshinski, Christian Koshinski, Kaylee Kotsko, Randie Kuahr, Molly McAndrew, Morghan Murphy, Brianna Phillips, Makenzie Savner, Maria Strish, and Sean Wills. Gabby Frask was awarded Second Place for her presentation. The students are shown wearing their specially designed t-shirts which they sold to the student body as a fund raiser to defray the cost of advancing to the state level. The shirts feature two beakers and the words Warning: S. I. T. –Scientist In Training. Shown, front from left: Gibbons, Frask, Kuhar, McAndrew, Murphy, Alberti, Foust, and Kocon. Row two: Kotsko, Strish, Sanver, Phillips, Kolojejcheck, Jones, and Dugan. Back: Wills, Adam Abad, B. Koshinski, Mrs. Marilyn Baran, PJAS moderator; Bere, C. Koshinski, Alex Abad, and Evans.