Young Achiever: Mason Zadan
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.
School: Senior at Eden Christian Academy in 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