Students earn awards at regional PJAS competition

Posted on January 26, 2016, in Events, Lancer Life, Organizations


Eleven General McLane students won awards at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) competition this past weekend at Penn State Behrend in Erie, Pa.

Twenty-six schools and more than 350 students participated in this year’s competition, which is open to all students in seventh to 12 grades who wish to participate. Students conduct scientific research on a Science, Enginering, Math or Computer Science project and present their findings to a panel of judges at the regional competition.

Students who received a first-place award will move on to the state competition in May at the Pennsylvania State University, State College.

GM students who received first-place awards were: Akayla Lewin, Elizabeth May, Alayna Willow, Melissa Barbour, Erin Seeman and Andrew Yonko.

Students receiving second-place awards were: Julia Wasielewski, Madeline Bruce, Halle Minner, Abby Parker and Cynthia Honeycutt

A perfect scores of 5.0 was awarded to Andrew Yonko.

Maddy Schutt participated as a Technician.

The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) is a statewide organization of junior and senior high school students designed to stimulate and promote interest in science among its members through the development of research projects and investigations. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is divided into 12 PJAS regions. Each PJAS region consists of two or more counties. Every PJAS region has one or more directors and a treasurer who oversee the operation of the region. PJAS also has a State Director, a State Secretary, and two State Treasurers as well as committees for Judging, Safety, Technicians, and Awards.