Fox Chapel Area High School
611 Field Club Road / Pittsburgh, PA 15238 / 412.967.2430

Students Win Awards at Regional PJAS

Several Fox Chapel Area students recently won awards at the 84th Annual Region 7 Meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS). A total of 20 of those students qualified for the state competition.

Fox Chapel Area first place winners were: juniors Vaishavi Agrawal, Zachary Lakkis, Kathryn Schwartzman, Gina Wang, and Ziya Xu; sophomores Rajeev Godse, Zeynep Ozkaya, and Ameya Velankar; freshmen Amulya Garimella, Anthony Nguyen, Jackson Romero, Vinisha Sant, Elizabeth Schwartzman, and Sanjay Seshan; eighth graders Mona Gerges, Janise Kim, Zoe Lakkis, Theodor Urban, and Siddharth Yende; and seventh grader Arvind Seshan. The first-place winners qualified for the state PJAS competition which will be held May 20-22, 2018, at Penn State University (Main Campus).

Fox Chapel Area second place winners were: junior Ji-Yool Moon, sophomores Hanna Chen and Serena Fisher, freshmen Dong Hyun Shin and Nishi Thawani, and eighth graders Nathaniel Mueller and Shrivardhan Thada. The Fox Chapel Area third place winner was eighth grader Connor Zakin.

The following Fox Chapel Area High School students received these special awards in addition to their place awards: Kathryn Schwartzman received a Perfect Score Award and a Duquesne University Provost Merit Award; Gina Wang won a Duquesne University School of Health Sciences Award; Hanna Chen received a Society of Women Engineers’ Award; Rajeev Godse won a Duquesne University Program in Forensic Science and Law Award; and Sanjay Seshan won an Innovation Works Award, an American Vacuum Society–Western PA Chapter Award, and an American Society of Civil Engineers–Pittsburgh Section Award.

The following Dorseyville Middle School students received these special awards in addition to their place awards: Mona Gerges received a Perfect Score Award, a PJAS Directors Award for Middle School Biology, and an Allegheny-Erie Society for Toxicology Award; Zoe Lakkis won a Carnegie-Mellon Chapter of Sigma Xi Middle School Researcher Award; and Arvind Seshan received a Perfect Score Award.

The participating students (from several schools from Allegheny and Westmoreland counties) researched their science projects for several months. During the competition, each of the students was required to give an oral presentation on his or her science project in front of a panel of judges. The regional competition was held at Duquesne University February 3.