PJAS State Competition

By Paige Mathieu

On Sunday May 14th, students from Salisbury High School and Middle School traveled to Penn State University to participate in the  the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science state competition, or PJAS.  After winning first place in the regional competition, Sien Bauman, Luke Foehrkolb, Olivia Hoeing, Nicholas Jones, Paige Mathieu, Matthew Staack, Dylan Thompson, Dylan Weber, and  Donovan Zong went to Penn State to present their projects to another group of judges.  These judges would determine whether or not the students would receive a first, second, third, or honorable mention award at the state level.  Each of the students is scored based on a rubric and not based on the ten other students in the room.

For their projects, each student was required to ask a question, form a hypothesis, and test the hypothesis through experimentation.  After presenting at Regionals, students were able to change their projects or add more experiments as the student saw fit.

The students spent three days at the Penn State University Main Campus where they were able to participate in many activities. Students were able to enjoy The Penn State Creamery, spend time in the bookstore, and present their presentations on Monday morning.

Congratulations to Olivia Hoeing and Sien Bauman who received first place and to Nicholas Jones, Paige Mathieu, Matthew Staack, Dylan Thompson, Dylan Weber, Luke Foehrkolb, and  Donovan Zong who all received a second place.

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