General McLane Makes History at PA Junior Academy of Science

Edinboro, PA (January 30, 2016) – For the first time ever, General McLane School District had every presenter earn a first place award at the PA Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) competition held Penn State Behrend this past weekend. Students now have the opportunity to advance to that State Competition.

General McLane High School first place award winners include: Elizabeth May, Julia Wasielewski, Alayna Willow, Madeline Bruce, Halle Minner, Akayla Lewin, Maddison Schutt and Andrew Yonko.

Wasielewski also earned a perfect score for her fruit fly project and $100; Bruce earned a perfect score and a new professional grade microscope for her microbiology project; and Schutt was awarded $75 for her zoology project.

James W. Parker Middle School first place winners include: Cynthia Honeycutt, Zachary Rolland and Aiden Seeman. Seeman also earned a perfect score and a scientific calculator.

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.

Students in 7-12 grades conduct a scientific research project in one of the twelve Scientific Categories of Research identified by PJAS and then orally presented that research to a team of judges. Students who receive a first-place award at the regional competition move on to the state competition.

The 82nd annual PJAS State Competition will occur in May at Penn State University in University Park.

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