MMI Prep Students Earn PJAS Awards
MMI STUDENTS RECEIVE PJAS AWARDS-MMI students who earned awards during the regional Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition include, front from left: Megan Marchetti, Sarah Moyer, Victoria Kline, Alyssa Famelette, Gabriella DeMelfi, Bailey Slusser, Sydney Karpowich, Chava Kornblatt, Julia Snyder, Gabriella Kupsho, Abigail Paul, Erin Sari and Lois Polashenski. Row two: Kelsy Donaldson, White Haven; Soprina Guarneri, Jessica Smith, White Haven; Katie Eschenbach, Emily Bogansky, Shaelyn Heft, Paige Darrow, Lauren Babinetz, Angelica Alday, Mountaintop; Claire Sheen, Mountaintop; Annika Fisk, Emily Seratch, Eleanor Maduro, Emily Morrison, Gabriellia Becker and faculty member Mary-Lee Hood. Row three: Anirban Chowdhury, Evan Dryfoos, Sam Sessock, Nicholas Young, Jonathan Smith, White Haven; Morgan Long, Coleman Smith, Tristan Gibbons, Jay Solgama, Andrew Alday, Mountaintop; and faculty members Susan Moyer and Laura Petro. Back row: Joshua Narrow, Niklas Byriel, Mountaintop; Ryan Eschenbach, Ali Aijaz, Garrett Kost, Elijah Dove, Mountaintop; Devon Faul, Syed Yusuf Qadri, Joseph Marushin and faculty members Michael Mele and Justin Vincent.

Students at MMI Preparatory School recently earned awards during the regional Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition held at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, with awards presented afterward at a dinner ceremony at the Genetti Best Western Hotel and Conference Center in Wilkes-Barre.

During the competition, seventh-to 12th-grade students from 34 districts presented research from their experiments in an array of scientific categories. This was the first year Wilkes University hosted the annual competition.

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 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 received a first-place award will 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 were: Andrew Alday, son of Senen Alday and Milagros Azcueta-Alday; Angelica Alday, daughter of Senen Alday and Milagros Azcueta-Alday; Niklas Byriel, son of Julia Byriel, and the late Kim Byriel; Elijah Dove, son of Eric and Susan Dove; Tristan Gibbons, son of Russell and Edna Gibbons, Allison Hohn, daughter of Darren and Karin Hohn, and Victoria Kline, daughter of John and June Kline.

Claire Sheen, of Mountaintop, earned a perfect score. She is the daughter of Kwangsup and Chaeyun Sheen.

White Haven students receiving second-place awards were: Kelsy Donaldson, daughter of Dennis and Kathy Donaldson; Jessica Smith, daughter of Jonathan Smith and Beatrice Russo-Smith; and Jonathan Smith, son of Jonathan Smith and Beatrice Russo-Smith.

Ali Aijaz, son of Fakhruddin and Naghma Aijaz, Mountaintop, received third place.