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PJAS regional competition in Bensalem

Many Bensalem students earned a first-place award, allowing them to present their experiments at the PJAS State Meet at Penn State University in May

Bensalem High School. Submitted Photo

The 81st annual Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science regional competition was held at Cecelia Snyder Middle School on Feb. 24, with over 400 students from Bucks County and Philadelphia presenting their independent scientific research to professional scientists and educators in this regional fair.

Students had their choice of creating a purposeful science experiment, exploring a mathematics topic above their current range of study, or exploring technology with a computer science or engineering project.

Fifty Bensalem High School students participated, with 35 earning first-place awards. They are: Greeshma Annagowni, Heeti Desai, Lucas Ferrandez, Dhruvansh Gohil, Rishi Jani, Isaac Mathieu, Arya George, Michael Larbi, Anna Marks, Abigail Nanakobi, Chudier Nyak, Marnaath Nyak, Julia Mathews, Oluseyi Oduntan, Teni Onilari, Jhanvi Pathak, Snaha Paul, Aarav Patel, Aastha Patel, Aayushi M. Patel, Aayushi Patel, Diya Patel, Jeet Patel, Jiya Patel, Meet Patel, Vedika Patel, Veer S. Patel, Yash V Patel, Diya Shah, Eesha Shah, Princi Shah, Sanya Shah, Nitasha Sharma, Hrishi Sheth and Phoebe Ting. Marks earned a perfect score. 

Ria Brahmbhatt, Abigail Krevolin, Darsh Parikh, Astha Patel, Gunjan Patel, Jiya Patel, Krina Patel, Nand Patel, Rahi Patel, Shruti Patel, Hala Sayed, Sophia Seidman, Prince Shah, Sierra Thomas and Marie Vo earned second place awards.

The high school students were sponsored by Lisa Tokmajian.

Shafer. Submitted Photo

In the middle school division, after months of hard work conducting experiments, analyzing data and creating a visual presentation for the judging panel, eight Robert K. Shafer students earned first-place awards. They are: Aiden Frank, Benjamin Joy, James Mocarski, Manan Patel, Siya Patel, Nashmia Rana, Abigail Schwartz and Sean Winters.

Nicki Bibeck, Peyton D’Andrea, Joseph Hughes, Divit Kaka and Hasnain Kazmi received a second-place award, and Shiven Patel earned a third-place award.

The Shafer students were sponsored by Morgan Golombek.

Snyder. Submitted Photo

Five Snyder Middle School students earned first-place awards. They are: Emily Knight, Patrick Marks, Daniel Mathieu, Lillian Mueller and Kirtan Patel. 

The Snyder students were sponsored by Kate Liese and Tom Hoffman. 

Earning a first-place award allows these young scientists to present their experiments at the PJAS State Meet at Penn State University in May.

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