Students from Holy Redeemer High School earned a variety of awards at the 52nd Regional Meeting of the PA Junior Academy of Science, receiving recognition in fields from biology to zoology.
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. All first place winners are eligible to participate in the state competition in May at Penn State University, where 3000 students from 13 regions will compete.
Cameron Brennan, was awarded the Junior High Excellence Award in Ecology and received a perfect score. Christina Springer, West Nanticoke, received a first place in mathematics, a four-year Perseverance Award, and a scholarship to Wilkes University.
Michael Gatusky, received a first place award in zoology and was a finalist in interviews for the Commonwealth Medical College Research Fellowships. Bryce Partlow, was also a finalist and received a second place in mathematics.
Other Holy Redeemer students who earned first place awards included area residents Caitlin Croke, Mountaintop, physics; and Lauren Higgs, Mountaintop, chemistry. The following students won first place awards in mathematics Ann Cosgrove, White Haven, and Abigail Truschel, Mountaintop.
Second place winners included were Ian Dysinger, Mountaintop, chemistry; Meghan McGraw, Mountaintop, chemistry; Sarah Thomas, Mountaintop, chemistry.
Faculty sponsors who guided students during their research were Joni Clarke, Mary Humiston, Linda Rakauskas, Ashley Butz, Nicole Frusciante, Steven Wise, Aaron Bilby.