ShareThis Page
North Hills

North Hills students advance to state science competition

| Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Senior Lauren Rebel and freshman Hannah Sciulli have advanced to compete at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) state competition in May at Pennsylvania State University.
Senior Lauren Rebel and freshman Hannah Sciulli have advanced to compete at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) state competition in May at Pennsylvania State University.

North Hills High School students have advanced to the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) competition after securing top honors at the recent regional competition.

Senior Lauren Rebel and freshman Hannah Sciulli won first-place honors at the regional competition at Duquesne University and will compete at the state competition in May at Pennsylvania State University.

Rebel's winning experiment was called “Microbial Bioremediation of Toxic Pollution.” Sciulli's winning entry was called “Bacteria in Our Waterways.”

Rebel also received three additional commendations in the competition, including the Duquense University Department of Biological Sciences Award, the Director's Award in Microbiology and the Participant Award noting six years of involvement in the competition.

Students designed a unique experiment and were judged on their ability to conduct and convey the results of their experiment using the scientific method. PJAS is a statewide organization of middle and high school students designed to stimulate and promote interest in science among its members through the development of research projects and investigations.

Other North Hills students who placed in the competition include second-place winners Emma Polen, a sophomore, for her experiment “Feel the Burn,” and seventh-grader Veronica Sciulli for “Cuttlefish Diet and Growth Rate.”

Correction: This story was updated to reflect the correct grade levels for Polen and Sciulli

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me