North Hills students advance to state science competition
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