The annual Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Regional Competition is usually held in-person at Snyder Middle School on the last Saturday in February. In order to accommodate pandemic restrictions, the format switched to an asynchronous virtual meet this year.
Thirty-seven Bensalem High School students participated, with 26 earning first place awards. These students are: Ali Ahmad, Danielle Armstrong, Sia Desai, Sofia Ferrandez, Krishiv Gandhi, Tiffany Gao, Kaitlyn Higgins, Jeffrey Ho, Kathleen Ho, Taylor Hood (perfect score), Hugh Kominsky, Julia Mathews, Brian Olsen, Maxwell Palamarchuk, Shiv Parekh, Mohak Parmar, Aastha Patel, Aayushi Patel, Astha Patel, Gunjan Patel, Jia Patel, Jiya Patel, Mahi K. Patel, Diya Shah, Zaid Shaik and Vedika Sharma.
The 11 BHS students who earned second place awards are: Edward Barber, Sara Devlin, David Larbi, Patrick Le, Asha Paul, Sami Rana, Aditya Rao, Ayush Patel, Krina Patel, Neesha Patel and Shivam Patel.
The high school students were sponsored by Lisa Tokmajian.
In the middle school division, two Cecelia Snyder Middle School students participated, with both earning first place. They are Michael Larbi and Diya Patel. The Snyder students were sponsored by Kate Liese and Tom Hoffman.
Earning a first place award will allow these young scientists to compete at the virtual PJAS State Meet in May.