PA Junior Academy of Science
The PA 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.
In the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, an individual student designs and performs an experimental study of his choosing within the area of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, Psychology, or Computer Science. Students then present their findings in a 10 minute oral presentation to a panel of judges during the Region 7 (Western PA) competition, generally held in February. If the student receives a first award (not a first place in relation to his fellow participants, but an indication of excellent work), he then may choose to present his findings at the state competition, generally held in mid May at Penn State University. A number of special awards, including cash, partial scholarships, admission to prestigious science camps, and plaques are also presented to some of the more outstanding competitors.
2018 State Competition Results
Central Catholic took home 13 first place awards, 2 second place awards, 2 perfect scores and the Oerlein Award for Outstanding Science in the 2018 State Competition.
Individual winners include:
- Liam Tinker, '21 - Oerlein Award for Outstanding Science, First Place Award and Perfect Score
- Owen O'Malley, '21 - Perfect Score and First Place
- Oscar Shaver, '19 - First Place
- Renne Cabacunga, '19 - First Place
- John Lynch, '19 - First Place
- Steele Mercer, '19 - First Place
- Luca Consalvi, '19 - Second Place
- Vincent Kaschauer, '21 - First Place
- Robert Kania, '21 - Second Place
- Alex Kochman, '21 - First Place
- Will Koloc, '21 - First Place
- Christian Farls, '21 - First Place
- Riley Walsh, '21 - First Place
- Fulton Fontana, '21 - First Place
- Jack Pawlowicz, '21 - First Place