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Students Win Awards at Regional Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Meeting

Several Fox Chapel Area students recently won awards at the 86th Annual Region 7 Meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS).  A total of 18 of those students qualified for the state competition.

Fox Chapel Area first-place winners were: senior Rajeev Godse and Ameya Velankar; juniors Amulya GarimellaJackson RomeroVinisha SantSanjay SeshanDong Hyun “Simon” Shin, and Nishi Thawani; sophomores Mona GergesJanise KimZoe LakkisTheodor Urban, and Siddharth Yende; freshmen Arvind Seshan and Alina Stiger; eighth graders Lakshanya Rajaganapathi and Jillian Stahl; and seventh grader Rohit Velankar.  The first-place winners qualified for the state PJAS competition which will be held May 17-19, 2020, at Penn State University (Main Campus).

Fox Chapel Area second-place winners were:  juniors Catherine HeidenreichAnthony NguyenElizabeth Schwartzman, and Victor Yang; eighth grader Adhitya Thirumala; and seventh gradersAnna Delale-O’ConnorAlex Kim, and Varad Sant.

The following Fox Chapel Area High School students received these special awards in addition to their first-place awards:  Rajeev Godse received a PJAS Perseverance Award; Ameya Velankar won a PJAS Perseverance Award and a Carnegie Mellon University Civil and Engineering Department – Chi Epsilon Award; Amulya Garimella won a Duquesne University School of Pharmacy Award and a University of Pittsburgh Excellence in Biology Award; Jackson Romero won a PJAS Perfect Score Award and a PJAS Director’s Award; Vinisha Sant received a PJAS Perfect Score Award; Sanjay Seshan won a PJAS Director’s Award and a Sister Maze Award; Dong Hyun “Simon” Shin was awarded a Duquesne University Program in Forensic Science and Law Award; Mona Gerges received a PJAS Director’s Award; Janise Kim won a Society of Women Engineer’s Award, a University of Pittsburgh Center for Energy – Swanson School of Engineering Award, an Innovation Works Award, and an American Nuclear Society – Pittsburgh Section Award; Zoe Lakkis was awarded a Duquesne University School of Health Sciences Award and a Duquesne University Biomedical Engineering Award; Theodor Urban won an Innovation Works Award; and Arvind Seshan received a PJAS Perfect Score Award, a PJAS Director’s Award, and a Duquesne University Biomedical Engineering Award.

The following Dorseyville Middle School students received these special awards in addition to their first- and second-place awards:  Jillian Stahl received a Pittsburgh Society of Women Engineers Award; Rohit Velankar received a Duquesne University Award for Excellence; and Lakshanya Rajaganapathi, Jillian Stahl, Adhitya Thirumala, Anna Delale-O’Connor, Varad Sant, and Rohit Velankar all were awarded a Bayer School of Excellence in Science 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 on Feb. 1.