It may be postseason time for athletes across the state, but they aren't the only ones out to bring home trophies. And after the recent success of Upper Dublin High School and Sandy Run Middle School science students, the teams from Fort Washington are looking something like a regional powerhouse.
All 45 UDHS students who participated in this past weekend's Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) Regional Fair, held at Cheltenham High School, placed in the top three of their respective categories. The students competed against roughly 20 area schools for a chance to qualify for the state competition by placing first.
21 of the 45 achieved this goal and will represent Upper Dublin and the region at the state fair, held at Pennsylvania State University in May.
In addition, nine students from Sandy Run Middle school placed first, with eight taking second and one third.
"The competition helps to build student oral presentation skills while making science fun and exciting," said Sandy Run teacher Jeanie Kellock, who advises the SRMS team along with fellow teacher Gary Hite. "Students are judged on how well they did their research and followed the scientific method."
Upper Dublin High School Students
Earning 1st place and the opportunity to present their project at the State Competition: Julie Baldasano, Noah Carver, Jen Deasy, Sydney Edelson, Berenice Leung, Roger Liu, Mark Lunney, David Miron, Aleksander Obradovic, William Raynor, Stef Samuels, Martin Schneider, Allen Tang, James Tralie, Alan Yang, Emily Zauzmer, Illana Zeitzer, David Zeng, Amber Zhang, and Jay Zhou.
Earning second place:
Jason Britchtow, Iris Chan, Michael Deng, Danielle Dratch, Claire Fishman, Aliza Glatter, Andrea Jin, Vidula Kopli, Yuval Lev, James Liu, Robert Liu, Alex Myers, Chris Pasquale, Sahana Potti, Ben She, Michael Shu, Caroline Simon, Ian Snyder, and Ruihao Ye.
Earning third place:
Ben Gause, Kimberly Lui, Nick Wang, Jennifer Xiao and Peter Xu.
Sandy Run Students
Earning 1st place and the opportunity to present their project at the State Competition: Grace Bowen, Alyssa Caimi, Noah Carver, Nick Gerhing, Aaron Glatter, Lexi Schneider, Ryan Henderson, Emily Wu, and Linda Wu.
Earning 1st place in 6th grade: Jeffrey Fishman and Roman Smith.
Earning 2nd place: Longan Loi, Andrei Robu, Reehan Siraj, Winslow Weiss, Sammi Holm, Steven Aronow, Katie Deasy, and Grace Palmer.
Earning 3rd place: Alina Puskar.