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Young Achiever: Mason Zadan

| Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, 2:43 p.m.
Mason Zadan, 18, of Ross and a senior at Eden Christian Academy
Mason Zadan, 18, of Ross and a senior at Eden Christian Academy

Noteworthy: Recently published a scientific manuscript in the Journal of Emerging Investigators titled “Comparative Gamma Radiation Analysis by Geographic Region.” The article explores the level of background gamma radiation, a type of high-energy radiation associated with serious health risks, in various areas of Pittsburgh as well as throughout North America and Europe.

Age: 18

School: Senior at Eden Christian Academy in Ross

Residence: Ross

Hobbies/interests: Member of Eden Christian Academy's varsity soccer and Home Town High-Q teams. Active with the Chess and Envirothon teams, as well as the outdoors club. Also studies Isshinryu Karate.

Also: Mason's study won first place in the Earth/Space/Science division of the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair and was displayed at Carnegie Science Center. He also received a Certificate of Outstanding Achievement from the American Meteorological Society.

Quote: “To thrive well into the 21st century, it is essential for our youth to be engaged in science as a means of progress and advancement. I was absolutely relieved when I found out that the study was finally accepted and published.”

— Jason Cato

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