A number of Bensalem Township School District students participated in the 2021 Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science state competition.
Twenty-six Bensalem High School students competed at the state level, with 11 receiving first place awards. They are Aayushi Patel, Sofia Ferrandez, Tiffany Gao, Brian Olsen, Mahi K. Patel, Zaid Shaik, Ali Ahmad, Kathleen Ho, Shiv Parekh, Mohak Parmar and Hugh Kominsky.
Second place winners are Kaitlyn Higgins, Julia Mathews, Gunjan Patel, Aastha Patel, Jiya Patel, Astha Patel, Diya Shah, Vedika Sharma, Krishiv Gandhi, Jeffrey Ho, Jia Patel, Danielle Armstrong, Sia Desai, Taylor Hood and Maxwell Palamarchuk.
Mohak Parmar earned an $8,000 scholarship to Penn State Main’s School of Engineering.
Four BHS seniors with three or more years of participation earned Regional Perseverance Awards. They are Hugh Kominsky, Maxwell Palamarchuk, Patrick Le and Sami Rana.
Nine BHS juniors and seniors with more than three years of competing at the state level earned State Perseverance Awards. They are Ali Ahmad, Maxwell Palamarchuk, Patrick Le, Danielle Armstrong, Shiv Parekh, Katie Ho, Taylor Hood, David Larbi and Sami Rana.
At the middle school level, Snyder students Michael Larbi and Diya Patel planned, executed and virtually presented projects that earned them a first place award at the local regional competition earlier this year. Their work at regionals earned them the opportunity to showcase their work at the PJAS statewide competition. They presented their work with thousands of other students from across Pennsylvania.